In the UK, to build a commercial center for training astronauts to the world's first
As a place for the construction has been selected now in force, but planned to close in 2020, Henlow base, owned by the Royal Air Force and based in Bedfordshire County. The project, dubbed Blue Abyss, valued at 120 million British pounds and is part of a multi-million dollar plan for the conversion of the former military base in the center of the new high-tech development and innovation.
At the base will be built a swimming pool for underwater training depth of 50 meters, a hotel with 120 rooms, a training center for astronauts, as well as the center of physical preparations, in which the divers, future and current astronauts and athletes will be able to conduct its training at the a high level.
Very comfortable that in the territory of the military base, which will be closed in 2020, there are already several centers with the equipment necessary for training of astronauts to the harsh conditions of space. For example, here there is a so-called a centrifuge, which allows to train people to serious physical overloads.
It should be noted that the available pool there will be three times deeper space agency NASA uses a 12-meter pool Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory for the preparation of its astronauts. However, access to it will be available not only in preparation for the next space projects. Companies involved in offshore oil and renewable energy will also be able to gain access to a new pool Blue Abyss and use it as a platform to test its new high-tech equipment. It is very likely that the news about the construction of the new center is the result of Blue Abyss announced last week the British government's desire to increase the UK's participation in the global space industry. Adopted the so-called "bill of space industry" describes a way to create a first for the UK Space Port, as well as the infrastructure required for the vertical launch missiles, and satellites kosmoplanov.
As potential locations for the construction of the spaceport eight locations were selected in 2014. Six are located in Scotland, even one located in Wales and England. Later, however, all of these places have been excluded from the list as the most suitable area for the construction of the Marine District was chosen Newquay (Cornwall).
Chief architect of the Blue Abyss center was selected Robin Partington, who was responsible for the construction of the London Gherkin. Most likely, the construction will begin later this year, and in the operation of the center will be introduced in 2019. After its opening Blue Abyss will provide 160 jobs.