Research Support

Why Use the ISC?

Research and Exploration Vessel expeditions that operate underwater vehicles require additional technical and engineering staff to support operations–therefore, the number of berths available to scientists are scarce. Telepresence is the alternative solution to these limitations.  The Inner Space Center Mission Control can accommodate up to 8 scientists and/or students in Mission Control, where they can participate virtually in the cruise. From Mission Control, scientists can view all incoming video feeds, gain access to incoming data, communicate with the ships directly via intercom, participate in onboard discussions, and direct operations (12 hour/day maximum). Please contact for pricing.

Weekly discounted rates available.  Meals and/or housing support can be arranged for an additional fee.

In Mission Control:

Computer stations provide access to navigation and other streaming data, instant messaging, logging systems, data processing and video recording software necessary to follow and record the ships’ operations. The following software are available for the science party’s use for planning and analyzing data:

  • Hypack
  • Qimera
  • Fledermaus
  • ArcGIS
  • Adobe Premier

This time lapse video demonstrates how scientists utilize the facility to stand watch during an expedition:

Additionally, the ISC can be utilized to facilitate live interactions with museums, school groups and classrooms to discuss relevant learning objectives, highlight new discoveries, and encourage students to engage in exploration missions. Please see our Education Services page for more information.

To coordinate a live interaction for your class or participate in an upcoming mission please contact us.

International hub for ocean science exploration