The Challenger Station habitat was first envisioned by a League of the New Worlds design team in 1991. During the next three years, the Challenger Station went from ideas to engineering drawings.
If all proceeds on schedule, sometime in 2012, the Challenger Station will be located in the mighty Gulf Stream off the central Florida coast. As soon as it touches down on the floor of the ocean, history will be made and the story of humanity will be fundamentally changed. For the first time in the long saga of humanity, mankind will have forged a permanent home undersea. For the first time, the frontiers of the vast undersea regions of the earth will be opened for permanent human settlement.
The Challenger Station undersea habitat is specifically designed for expansion. We will launch the Challenger Station Main Hub that will enable a full time complement of eight Aquatican aquanauts to make their homes and live and work permanently undersea. As modules are attached, the Aquatican citizens of the world will grow module by module as the first colony of humans expands human by human, family by family.
As explained in detail in Dennis Chamberland’s book Undersea Colonies: The Future of Permanent Undersea Settlements, the Challenger Station is a 1.6 atmospheres CONSTANT PRESSURE facility that will NOT involve DECOMPRESSION diving. Just like a moon base, Mars base or any space colony, the permanent facilities of the new world of Aquatica will have a constant, safe, close to earth-normal living environment with lock-out access to the remote and extreme external environment.
Just like in space scenarios, the residents of Challenger Station and our future expansion facilities will commute to and from the base, and perform external duties, in vehicles and suits of 1.6 ATM or less. It is a preeminent paradigm shift that allows the transition from the old-school early days of undersea exploration to a new philosophy that allows the new frontier to be opened where it was not practical before. It fuses the most advantageous precepts of early concepts with a new philosophy of undersea exploration and settlement envisioned by the League of the New Worlds.
The First Principle
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