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NAVY DIVING EQUIPMENT TESTED BY ASTRONAUTS FOR S PAC E EXPLO R AT I O N M I S S I O N S B Y K A T H E R I N E M A P P | N S W C P C D P U B L I C A F FA I R S

“It’s exciting to see dual-purpose use for a system originally designed for navy divers, and it is an honor to work with NASA.”

Scientists, engineers and key partners of the Naval Surface

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Division NSWC

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gy, originally designed for diving, from seabed to space. The Diver Augmented Vision Device (DAVD) team from NSWC PCD and partners recently joined forces with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center during NEEMO-23, the 23rd voyage of the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations held at the Aquarius Reef Base underwater habitat in Key Largo. The Aquarius Reef Base, operated by Florida International University, is the only undersea laboratory in the world located 5.4 miles off Key Largo in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, 62 feet below the surface. The Aquarius and its surroundings provide an ideal training and mission analog for space exploration by providing buoyancy similar to walking on the moon, or Mars. The DAVD is a high-resolution, see-through head-up display (HUD) embedded directly inside of a Kirby Morgan-37 dive helmet. This unique system provides divers with high-resolution visual displays of everything from sector sonar imagery (real-time topside view of the diver's location and dive site), text messages, diagrams, photographs, and even augmented reality videos.

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CAPTION: David Coan, extra vehicular activity lead for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Johnson Space Center dives at the Aquarius Reef Base underwater habitat.donning a Kirby Morgan-37 helmet equipped with the Divers Augmented Vision Device Generation 1.0 headsup display during the 23rd NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations in June 2019. (Photo by Courtesy Photo)

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The Circuit - The Fall Issue 2019  

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