Water basin opens up new possibilities for underwater research

29 August 2023

The Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has acquired a brand-new water basin, marking a significant step within the UNLOWDET research project. This basin is designed to facilitate underwater experiments on a substantial scale.

In collaboration with the EGGERS Kampfmittelbergung GmbH and the LASER on demand GmbH, LZH is actively developing a laser-based method for efficiently neutralizing explosive ordnance beneath the ocean's surface. To support this endeavor, they have procured a water basin with dimensions measuring 1.8 meters in length by 1.5 meters in width, boasting a water depth of 2 meters. This basin crafted by ELA Container Engineering GmbH, features a generously sized window, allowing for diverse underwater experimentation.

In the scope of the UNLOWDET project, initial rounds of system technology testing will be conducted within the basin at the project partner, Laser on Demand. Subsequently, the first controlled detonation trials are scheduled to occur in October at the Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Schiffe und Marinewaffen, Maritime Technologie und Forschung.

For further insights into the laser-based disarmament of explosive ordnance in the sea, delve into the UNLOWDET research project here.