Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hampture life support explanation

People in the video comments kept saying things like "DON'T YOU KNOW THEY NEED FRESH AIR??" apparently assuming that I had no idea terrestrial mammals need a mechanism for fresh air delivery and CO2 removal in order to live underwater. Hopefully this video will put an end to that. But I'm not 'holding my breath" wololololo

Friday, April 13, 2012

Main city module complete

"Ham-Base Alpha" is finished and in the water. Largest of all modules it can comfortably house 3 to 5 hamsters, with 4 being the recommended number. It contains not just necessities like a water bottle, chewing log and ample food dish but amenities like a running wheel and larger chew toys I happened to see at petsmart and thought they might like. :3

I'm very pleased with how it turned out. It's large enough that it's right on the edge of what is practical to transport and deploy, but that means ample elbow room for the hamsternauts inside. This habitat is truly sufficient for longer term missions, measured in months rather than weeks. The food dish contains enough for that, but I may have to upgrade to a larger water bottle, that remains to be seen.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The city grows.

New habitat completed. Or 90%. Still leaks more air than I'd like. No water gets in due to the overpressure, but it looks sloppy. Once I figure out where to put the water bottle it'll be done. I'm thinking a silicone ring added to the lid would make for a tighter seal? Anyway, enjoy:

Here's the new habitat by itself, if you want a closer look:

Hampture update

Completed testing of module 1 of 4, "Hamlab II". Here's some footage:

 Just ordered a new enclosure for module 3, the largest building which will house 3 hamsternaut occupants. More to come.