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University of Essex announces building of “space swimming pool”

Published: Thursday, 30 July 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of Essex has announced its plans to build the world’s deepest and largest swimming pool in a plight to mirror the conditions of space.

A £40 million space pool 

University leaders have begun initial discussions in regards to the research, training and the development of the pool which is set to be located in Colchester. 

The pool is expected to be 50 metres long and 50 metres deep; helping it become Europe and the UK’s leading marine and space research facility. 

This £40 million project is thought to recreate the environments of both deep sea and outer space, meaning it has the potential to be used in space-flight programmes. 

Bryn Morris, registrar at the university, said that this is an incredibly exciting opportunity for the university which has previously carried out research with robotic fish along with marine conservation – the findings of which will complement this new project, he said. 

Creating a world-leading research centre 

It is thought that the university will work on this exciting project with the Colchester-based Blue Abyss. 

John Vickers, Managing Director at Blue Abyss, said that they were delighted that the university was interested in and prepared to support their vision to create a leading research facility in the area. 

Mr Vickers also noted that with Stansted Airport and the North Sea offshore industry closeby, this is the perfect location for such a research centre. 

Tim Peake, the next European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, has also said he fully supports this project and believes it will directly compete with what the USA and Russia currently have to offer the industry. 

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