The Titan, a submersible operated by OceanGate Expeditions, had been on a yearly mission since 2021 to observe the Titanic’s decline and examine the aquatic ecosystem near it.
Titan was a submersible that allowed tourists to see the Titanic up close. It was a rare and exciting opportunity to visit the historic shipwreck. The Titan submersible is a Cyclops-class vessel that can take five people to 4,000 meters (13,123 feet) deep for a unique and unforgettable Titanic tour.
Past Expeditions to Titanic Wreckage
But on June 18, 2023, the submersible lost contact with its support vessel and never resurfaced. The submersible went on an expedition to explore the wreckage of the sunken Titanic off the coast of Newfoundland but two hours later it lost communication. A large team of rescuers was deployed to locate the submersible and its five occupants.
It was built by OceanGate Expeditions and made its first dive in 2018 has been imploded in the Atlantic Ocean. The submersible is 7.3 meters (24 feet) long and 2.4 meters (8 feet) in diameter. It has a titanium hull and a carbon fiber sphere for the crew compartment. The Titan is equipped with a variety of sensors, including cameras, sonar, and a laser range finder.
The Titan submersible has been used to explore a variety of underwater sites, including the Titanic wreck, the Mariana Trench, and the Lost City hydrothermal vent field. In 2021, the Titan was used to film a documentary about the Titanic wreck for the History Channel.
The Titan submersible is a powerful tool for exploring the deep ocean. It has helped scientists to learn more about some of the most remote and inaccessible places on Earth.
Cause of Implosion
Due to the intense water pressure in the deep North Atlantic, the pilot and passengers likely died instantly when the Titan imploded. Experts had cautioned that the Titan’s cabin, which had a larger internal volume and was made of carbon fiber, may have been more vulnerable to implosion at extreme depths than the sphere-shaped titanium cabins used in most submersibles.
Who was affected by the Titan tragedy?
Titan tragedy was affected by Oceangate CEO and Titan pilot Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood from a prominent Pakistani family, British adventurer Hamish Harding, and Titanic expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet.
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