How is the Titan, the OceanGate company submarine that disappeared on a tourist trip to see the remains of the Titanic

Titan Submarine, OceanGate

The Boston Coast Guard is on a search and rescue operation to try to find the Titana submarine that lost contact during a expedition to see the remains of the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

“We are exploring and mobilizing all options to bring the crew back safely,” the company said. Ocean Gate in a statement to BBCNews. “All our attention is focused on the crew of the submersible and their families.”

As promoted by the company, the trip in his carbon fiber submersible is “an opportunity to get out of everyday life and discover something truly extraordinary”.

OceanGate’s Titan model, capable of submerging to 4,000 meters, it can carry four people plus the pilot and, with that number on board, it can be up to 96 hours underwater.

It measures 6.7m x 2.8m x 2.5m and weighs 10,432 kiloswith a payload of 685 kilos.

Ocean Gate
Titan Submarine, OceanGate

Thanks to the innovative use of modern materials, Titán weighs less and is more cost-effective to mobilize than any other deep-immersion submersible.”, highlights the company, which also promotes the real-time monitoring system of the condition of the helmet as “a unique advantage”, ensuring that this provides an unprecedented safety function. The system uses acoustic sensors and strain gauges to analyze the effects of pressure changes in the vessel as the submersible dives deeper and accurately assess the integrity of the structure, which “provides the pilot with detection of early warning in time to stop the descent and return to the surface safely.

Its maximum submersion capacity is 4,000 meters, enough to visit the remains of the Titanic, located at a depth of 3,800 meters.

It can travel at a speed of 3 knots.

With the search underway, the key piece of information is how long the crew can survive. Life support is 96 hours for five crew members, and could be longer if there were fewer people on board. Nor is it known how much water he carries on each trip.

In the event that there were tourists on board, it is taken for granted that they would be people with a high purchasing power. Seven-day trips to see the remains of the Titanic are advertised on the company’s website and its price is specified to be about $250,000. Aproximately last eight hours: two and a half hours down, three hours on the seabed and another two and a half hours up.

Inside the Titan (@SubCImaging)
Inside the Titan (@SubCImaging)

The Titanic was on its maiden voyage on April 15, 1912 from Southampton, England, to New York City when it struck an iceberg off Newfoundland in the North Atlantic. The luxury liner sank in a matter of hours, an accident that claimed the lives of around 1,500 people.

the remains they were not located until more than seven decades later, in 1985.

Are Divided in two parts, with the bow and stern separated by about 800 meters from each other. In the middle and around it is a huge field of debris from the shipwreck.

In 2021, OceanGate Expeditions began what it hoped would become an annual voyage to chronicle the deterioration of the iconic ocean liner that struck an iceberg and sank in 1912.

The company said then that, in addition to archaeologists and marine biologists, the expeditions would also include about 40 paying tourists who would take turns manning the sonar equipment and performing other tasks on the five-person submersible. The initial group of tourists would finance the expedition with between $100,000 and $150,000 each.

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