Professor completes first underwater camping trip at Biosphere 2

June 28, 2023

An underwater tent, presentation helmet and robotic assistance technology may pave the way for improved scientific diving capabilities.

A scuba diver services an underwater research robot with an underwater camping tent in the background.

Courtesy of Jona Silverstein

University of Arizona School of Information professor Winslow Burleson started his summer with a camping trip. While some campers seek out cooler weather and scenic views, Burleson set his sights 21 feet underwater.

Loaded with scuba gear and research equipment, Burleson spent a night underwater in the ocean biome at the university's Biosphere 2. His living quarters for the night: the Ocean Space Habitat – a portable, inflatable underwater tent he invented with Rhode Island-based professional diver Mike Lombardi.

Read the full UA News story.