Living conditions in the hyperbaric module (pressure, isolation, confinement, underwater extravehicular activities, etc.) are similar to those encountered in space by astronauts while on board their spacecraft or the International Space Station.
The international space agencies NASA and ESA can therefore test their operational protocols and carry out experiments in psychology and human physiology in a confined complex environment. In this regard, SeaOrbiter extends and develops NASA’s NEEMO astronaut training program undertaken at the Aquarius undersea laboratory.
Due to these functional and operational characteristics, this module which functions as an underwater habitat also serves as a space simulator, in which astronauts can train for future extended flights to asteroids or even to Mars.