Science & Tech

Submersible Titanic Expedition

The Titan submersible’s five crew members were all killed in a tragic implosion.

What exactly is Submersible?

  • Submersibles are vessels designed for underwater travel and are frequently used for research, exploration, and tourism.
  • They are white tubes approximately 6.7 metres long and 2.8 metres broad with a top speed of three knots or 5.5 kilometres (3.5 miles) per hour.
  • Submersibles in the context of tourism allow passengers to experience the wonders of the underwater world and study marine ecosystems.
  • Submersible tourism has grown in popularity among adventurous travellers due to the unique opportunity to explore the underwater world it provides.

Titanic Tourism and Submersible Tourism

  • The RMS Titanic wreckage, discovered in 1985, has long been a famous tourist site.
  • Since 2010, OceanGate Expeditions has been offering Titanic expeditions, transporting crews of “citizen scientists” and “crew members” to the site.

Titan Submersible Facts

  • Titan submersible was built with titanium and filament-wound carbon fibre.
  • It could reach depths of 4,000 metres (13,123 feet) with a length of 22 feet and a weight of 10,432 kg.

Equipment and functionality

  • For mobility and manoeuvrability, the submersible used four electric thrusters.
  • The Titan, which was outfitted with cameras, lights, and scanners, aided in deep-sea exploration and mapping.
  • Because radio frequencies do not travel successfully in deep oceans, sound waves (sonar) were used to communicate.

Submersibles and Submarines: What’s the Difference? 

  • Submersibles, like as the Titan, are not totally autonomous and must be launched and recovered by support ships.
  • They drop utilising weights and lack the ability to launch autonomously.
  • Submarines, on the other hand, are self-propelled and can launch and return without the need for external assistance.

Cost and Depth

  • The OceanGate Titanic expedition’s maximum depth is roughly 12,800 feet, with the wreck positioned around 12,500 feet.
  • Touring the Titanic costs vary, with the OceanGate trip costing $250,000 per person.

Submersible Tourism Safety Considerations

  • According to the Marine Technology Society (MTS), the submersible tourism business adheres to international safety standards and has been incident-free for 50 years.
  • Submersible tour firms do in-depth risk assessments for each event, ensuring that clients are aware of the potential dangers.
  • Before embarking on submersible expeditions, clients frequently undertake risk evaluations and sign waivers.
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