Professor Simon Evetts

Professor Simon Evetts – Blue Abyss

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Research and Development Director
Between 2006 and 2014 Professor Simon Evetts ran the multi-disciplinary Medical Projects & Technology Unit at the European Astronaut Centre, Cologne. His responsibilities spanned medical projects, astronaut fitness and the support of in-mission astronaut health. He has been instrumental in developing the field of space biomedicine in the UK for the last 20 years and having recently moved on from Wyle, NASA’s primary astronautics services provider, is now the Managing Director of SeaSpace Research Ltd, the R&D arm of Blue Abyss, and the Director of Space Operations for Blue Abyss. Simon is a Visiting Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, a Visiting Professor at Northumbria University, co-founder of the UK Space Life & Biomedical Sciences Association and the UK Space Environments Association, and founder of the Human Spaceflight Capitalisation Office at Harwell, UK.
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Research and Development Director
Company Profile
Blue Abyss' pioneering centre will be the most comprehensive deep sea and space research, training and test facility of its kind in the world, unmatched in its breadth of configuration. Blue Abyss' primary function is to enable extreme environment development, both human and robotic, ranging from the offshore energy industry through to the growing ... Morehuman spaceflight sector and adventure tourism.

Blue Abyss is among the most ground-breaking projects of its time. This state-of-the-art facility aims to become the world's premier deep-sea and space extreme environment research, training and test centre. Brainchild of ex-forces diving instructor and technology consultant John Vickers, planning began back in September 2014.

Blue Abyss is designed to cater for a huge variety of applications. Manufacturers can test Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) assemblies, researchers can evaluate new diving equipment and the effects of prolonged periods of submersion on the body, commercial and recreational divers can conduct their training at various depths, while freedivers can test their mettle in the 50m deep shaft.

And to most realistically simulate these environments, we will be able to insert cave systems, shipwrecks and spacecraft alongside a fully flexible submerged lighting system, poolside crane, tie-down points and lifting platforms. This will allow the pool to be customised for a huge range of uses.

Blue Abyss is scheduled to be fully operational in 2019.