Stowage & Inventory Management

This section discusses design considerations for the layout and design of stowage systems inside an underwater habitat. It also provides the characteristics of a successful onboard inventory management system design. Such a system can track the quantity, location, and status (e.g., remaining useful life) of inventory items. The inventory management function is one of the primary elements of onboard information management.

This chapter is divided into the following sections:

  • General Considerations
  • Type & Locations
  • Nonstandard Stowage
  • Habitat Resupply
  • Flexibility
  • Central Storage vs. Distributed Storage
  • Operability
  • Accessibility
  • Interference
  • Labelling
  • Inventory Management

Our extensive analysis and proposals are part of the design manual.

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Note: This article contains adaptations from the NASA Human Integration Handbook (HIDH), NASA/SP-2010-3407. Since supplementary transports are not comparable to spaceflight, many considerations do not apply to underwater operations and therefore had been skipped.