Story: OceanGate the company behind the Titan submersible that went missing in the North Atlantic Ocean two days ago. ; 21-06-2023;
Here's what we have learned so far about the missing Titan submersible and the company who built the sub.
OceanGate was found in 2009 by Stockton Rush (US citizen, and ocean exploration enthusiastic.) The company is based in US, and is privately owned. It provides subs for exhilarating underwater experiences, including submersible expeditions to explore the ocean depths, deep-sea dives, and research and conservation efforts.
The Titan submersible that went missing two days ago, on a dive to the Titanic wreckage, have 5 persons onboard. According to various sources, the submersible has only less than 40 hours of breathable Oxygen left.
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How much deep into the waters does OceanGate's submersible go?:
The wreck of the Titanic lies at a depth of about 12,500 feet (3,800 meters), about 370 nautical miles (690 kilometres) south-southeast of the coast of Newfoundland, and OceanGate's submersible are designed to operate in depths of up to 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), according to reports.
The water pressure at the depth where the Titanic wreck is, equivalent to the weight of 400 elephants pressing down on you. The temperature of the water is about 2 degrees Celsius, which is well below freezing.
The missing submersible Titan has a lawsuit history pointing towards its vulnerability going that deep. According to the reports on the lawsuit filed in 2017, the viewport of submersible, was not designed to handle that much pressure, and had a pressure handling capacity of underwater, 1,300 meters.
The lawsuit was filed by an ex-employee who alleged he was fired because he had raised safety concerns over how deep the vessel could descend.
What you should know about the Titan submersible? :
• In 2021, OceanGate began taking paying customers to visit the Titanic shipwreck in its Titan submersible. The company has since conducted several successful expeditions to the Titanic.
• Titan is a crewed submersible designed to take five people to depths of 4,000 meters (13,123 feet).
• It can be controlled only by gaming remote controller, and a touch screen. The sub weights 22,000 kilograms (48,500 pounds), it has a diameter: 3.3 meters (11 feet), and the total Length of the submersible is 13.7 meters (45 feet.)
Updates: Banging sounds heard on Tuesday from underneath the water in the North Atlantic Ocean.
• Sonar picked up banging sounds on Tuesday from underneath the water in the North Atlantic Ocean while searching for the sub, according to an internal US government memo on the search.
The US Coast Guard tweeted the following:
"Canadian P-3 aircraft detected underwater noises in the search area. As a result, ROV operations were relocated in an attempt to explore the origin of the noises. Those ROV searches have yielded negative results but continue."
What you need to know More about Titan:
The oxygen supply could run out by approximately 6 a.m. Thursday: according to various reports online, Titan was reported overdue Sunday night about 435 miles south of St. John's, Newfoundland, according to Canada's Joint Rescue Coordination Center.
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