According to our schedule, in the early summer of 2009, three aquanauts will begin an 80 day underwater mission called Atlantica I. The mission will establish the world's record in an uninterrupted underwater mission, surpassing the previous record of 69 days. The mission will utilize the Leviathan Habitat -the only habitat ever designed to test systems intended for permanent human residence of the undersea world of Aquatica.
The three crewmembers assigned to the 80 day mission are:
Activities scheduled during the 80 day mission include daily (weekday) educational links with students and classrooms around the country. The crew will also establish detailed environmental monitoring protocols in the area that the habitat will be placed. They will also be very busy gaining an understanding of complex, long term advanced life support systems and engineering components that will be utilized in Atlantica II. In addition to the prime crew, The Atlantica Crew consists of the most experienced group of aquanauts ever assembled for a single undersea enterprise, each integrating their professional specialties during every day of the 80 day mission.