The grandson of the legendary oceanologist Jacques Yves Cousteau intends to build the world's largest underwater research laboratory to study the depths of the sea. The Proteus project, which Fabien Cousteau is currently working on together with designer Yves Béhar, implies the creation of a futuristic complex capable of diving to a depth of more than 100 meters.
The two-story underwater "analogue of the ISS" will have a spiral design and will be able to adapt to any seabed landscape. The main module of the research center will be combined with a range of oval capsules serving as laboratories, warehouses, medical compartments, life support systems and recreation areas.
The sources of power for "Proteus" will be used: wind, sun and converted thermal energy of the ocean. The lower (largest) section of the station will house the world's first underwater vegetable garden and survey equipment. There is also a hatch for docking with bathyscaphes.
If the scientist succeeds in implementing an ambitious project, Proteus will carry out its first mission off the coast of the island of Curacao (Caribbean Sea). The device is planned to be submerged to a depth of 17 meters.
Fabien Cousteau promises to make the station accessible to divers and organize an online broadcast so that his research becomes available to everyone.