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Title: Blue Abyss UK HSF project - the UK's very own NBL
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/23/2015 02:30 PM
Pretty interesting....especially with the Tim Peake angle.

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/07/university-essex-propose-training-pool-larger-nbl/

Title: Re: University of Essex propose training pool larger than the NBL
Post by: topsphere on 07/23/2015 03:20 PM
Very promising for British human spaceflight.

Link to the slides from the presentation at the UK Space Conference - http://www.ukspace2015.co.uk/presentations/39

and the BBC article with some additional information - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-33606458
Title: Re: University of Essex propose training pool larger than the NBL
Post by: Space Pete on 07/23/2015 10:01 PM
On weekends, they should charge the public to be able to dive in it - I'd happily pay for an "EVA experience"!
Title: Re: University of Essex propose training pool larger than the NBL
Post by: the_other_Doug on 07/23/2015 10:32 PM
Well, the artist's conception there has low and high diving boards, so why not?  In fact, the diving boards and lack of any space hardware in the pool made me wonder if the illustration actually went with the story...
Title: Re: University of Essex propose training pool larger than the NBL
Post by: A_M_Swallow on 07/24/2015 04:22 AM
Well, the artist's conception there has low and high diving boards, so why not?  In fact, the diving boards and lack of any space hardware in the pool made me wonder if the illustration actually went with the story...

There is a yellow crane at the deep end of the pool. It is unusual for swimming pools to have cranes but would make adding space hardware much simpler.
Title: Blue Abyss UK HSF project - the UK's very own NBL
Post by: Space Pete on 04/06/2016 04:41 PM
Somehow I'd forgotten about this project - which is surprising since I commented on it at the time! - but anyway, today I saw that the Blue Abyss project have released their first concept image of the pool complete with ISS mock-up (attached).

I really hope this great project goes ahead, just imagine what a great space outreach tool this could be, allowing kids and the general public to experience first-hand the process of planning and executing an EVA for themselves, as well as potentially making the UK a future center of excellence for commercial and governmental astronaut training and space environment simulation and research.

http://blueabyss.uk/index.php/news-section/blue-abyss-blog/665-one-step-closer
Title: Re: Blue Abyss UK HSF project - the UK's very own NBL
Post by: Chris Bergin on 04/06/2016 05:00 PM
Great to hear this is moving forward! Changed the main title as it's now more specific.
Title: Re: Blue Abyss UK HSF project - the UK's very own NBL
Post by: Space Pete on 06/27/2017 03:11 PM
Blue Abyss to be located at the former RAF Henlow (to close by 2020) in Bedfordshire.

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ANNOUNCEMENT The world’s first commercial space and deep sea centre to locate at RAF Henlow http://blueabyss.uk
https://twitter.com/BlueAbyssDiving/status/879669568385495041


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpjkEw0CuPE