DAN Europe and ALTEC SpA have partnered up to research the effects of deep ocean diving and space exploration. The two safety and research organisations have signed a memorandum with the aim to investigate the effects of extreme environments on the human body. This collaboration will open up the field of research for people with extreme fitness levels to people with lesser abilities.
For instance, Altec’s neutral buoyancy tub offers a means of investigating the Neutral Buoyancy techniques of both space activities and conditions, as well as the optimal conditions for scuba diving.
One of the first initiatives stemming from this collaboration is the SkiScubaSpace project, dedicated to researching the physiological and pathophysiological aspects of extreme skiing at high-altitudes, underwater diving, flying and being in space.
The project has attracted the interest of the Apnea Academy, together with its founder and apnea record holder Umberto Pelizzari. Meanwhile, TV programme ICARUS 2.0 will feature the project during a series of ten themed episodes on SKY networks and Eurovision.
Thanks to the internationally renowned expertise of both DAN and Altec, this agreement will help create networking opportunities as well as strengthen ties between institutions and researchers interested in cross-sectional research in biomedical areas and neighbouring fields such as sports, aviation, diving and space.
ALTEC – Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company – is a public-private company owned by Thales Alenia Space and the Italian Space Agency. It is the Italian centre of excellence for the provision of engineering and logistical services. It supports the operations and utilisation of the International Space Station as well as the development and realisation of planetary exploration missions. Altec also follows medical and space biotechnology programmes on the International Space Station.
All these activities are centred on gravitational physiology, man in space technologies and methodologies with the astronauts’ activities, ergonomic astronautical activities. Among its facilities, Altec owns the Neutral Buoyancy Test Facility (NBTF) in Turin — a neutral buoyancy tank to simulate reduced gravity activities, offering Europe unique characteristics, so that has been inserted as one of its Ground Based Facilities by the European Space Agency, to offer researchers from all across Europe seeking support in the absence of simulated gravity.
DAN (Divers Alert Network) Europe is an international non-profit organisation assisting divers and conducting safety scientific research since 1983. DAN Europe’s commitment to medical research is very broad and investigates various aspects of diving including immersion technology, physiology and hyperbaric medicine, pathophysiology, ergonomics, and physiology. All results obtained by DAN have become a point of reference for the international medical and diving community.