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CONCEPTUAL STUDY OF A MANNED UNDERWATER STATION.
GENERAL DYNAMICS CORP GROTON CONN ELECTRIC BOAT DIV
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The report covers the conceptual development of a Manned Underwater Station, capable of operating in depths down to 6000 feet, providing adequate life support facilities for 5 men for periods of up to 30 days. The placement of the station uses the concept of free descent without the use of power by using negative buoyancy as the motivating force. Bottom approach is accomplished by winching against an anchor weight which initially provided a portion of the negative buoyancy. The station itself is designed to be positively buoyant at all times. Ascent is accomplished by release of anchor weight and using the positive buoyancy of the station to freely ascend. The report further studies power plants suitable for the station load of 22 KWe and recommends three types of sources, one surface oriented, the remaining in situ that could be applied to the station. The report also outlines potential missions that could be applied to the station. Author
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