World's deepest 'space' pool planned for Essex university

Last updated at 10:52
The proposed deep pool planned for the University of Essex campus in ColchesterBlue Abyss
The planned pool in Colchester, Essex, would become the world's deepest pool if built

A university is discussing plans to build the world's deepest swimming pool for spaceflight research.

The planned 50 metre deep pool at the University of Essex would be far deeper than US space agency Nasa's own 12 metre deep training pool in Houston, USA.

If it goes ahead, the project is expected to cost £40m.

The pool would create similar conditions to that of outer space and deep sea environments.

Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield of Great Britain in action during a training session at the London 2012 Aquatics CentreALlsport/getty images
Olympic diving pools, including the one that Tom Daley (above) used in London in 2012, are 5 metres deep

The developers of the pool say it could be used for human spaceflight research programmes, environmental monitoring, training in diving techniques, and aerospace development.

The world's current deepest pool is the Y-40 diving pool in Montegrotto Terme, Italy, which is 42 metres deep.