Fabien Cousteau, the grandson of the outstanding oceanologist Jacques Yves Cousteau, like his grandfather, devoted his life to the exploration of the ocean depths: at the age of 4, he first dived with scuba diving (which, by the way, was invented by Jacques Yves Cousteau). Today Fabien is 52 years old.
One of his latest projects is a month-long research mission aboard the American underwater laboratory "Aquarius" at a depth of 19 meters off the coast of Florida in 2013.
Then, seven years ago, Fabien was dissatisfied with his underwater housing, so today, together with the designer Yves Béhar, he is working on the creation of the largest laboratory. It is named after the sea god Proteus. As conceived by the creators, it will be able to descend to a depth of more than 100 meters.
The Proteus will be a spiral two-story structure on piles that will adapt to the profile of the seabed. The power sources for the station will be wind, sun and transformed thermal energy from the ocean.
The main module of Proteus will be adjoined by a number of capsules, which will house laboratories, medical compartments, life support systems, recreation areas and warehouses.
The largest compartment - "Lunar Pool" - has a hole in the floor, to which submersibles will moor. It will also house the world's first underwater vegetable garden and video equipment.
In case of successful implementation of the project, "Proteus" will find its first refuge off the coast of Curacao in the Caribbean Sea at a depth of 17 meters. The "Underwater ISS" will be available for visiting by divers, where they will be able to stay for a long time without being subjected to prolonged decompression on each ascent.
Fabienne Cousteau also promises to organize regular live online broadcasts in which he will talk about his research.