MANNED UNDERSEA STRUCTURES - THE ROCK-SITE CONCEPT
NAVAL ORDNANCE TEST STATION CHINA LAKE CA
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Large undersea installations with a shirt-sleeve environment have existed under the continental shelves for many decades. The technology now exists, using off-the-shelf petroleum, mining, submarine, and nuclear equipment, to establish permanent manned installations within the sea floor that do not have any air umbilical or other connection with the land or water surface, yet maintain a normal one-atmosphere environment within. This presentation briefly reviews the past and present in-the-sea-floor mineral industry. The methods presently practical for direct access to and from permanent in-the-sea-floor installations are outlined, and the specific operations and types of tools indicated. Initial power requirements and cost estimates are included.
- Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
- Marine Engineering
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology