A company dedicated to manned exploration of the underwater world has announced the possible access to the world’s most famous and historic site Titanic through their ‘THE TITANIC SURVEY EXPEDITION 2021’ project.
The project by OceanGate Expeditions will train ‘citizen scientists’ as ‘mission specialists’ for a mission of rare undersea research and expedition on the wreckage of the Titanic.
“The Titanic Survey Expedition is the culmination of a vision to give more people a window into our deep oceans and access to the historic Titanic site,” Stockton Rush, President, OceanGate Expeditions, said.
“The support of Mission Specialists is vital to our multi-year exploration, research and digital preservation effort. They will have the unique opportunity to serve in active expeditionary roles alongside oceanographic scientists, archaeological researchers, and Titanic oceanograph veterans throughout the missions. This team will document this historic site for generations to come,” added Rush.
The wreckage of the titanic will be documented with important features of the site using laser scans and 4k video that will be combined with high-resolution images to create a photorealistic virtual 3-D model of the shipwreck. For this, the mission specialists who will be accepted to join the expertise will play a vital role in transporting the citizen scientists and explorers to the wreck-site, according to OceanGate.
A journey of about 12,467 feet below the surface of the ocean will be taken down by the expedition team, for which, an Ocean Gate Sub would be used.
The first schedule will be inaugurated by late-May through mid-July and there are six missions scheduled for it. Each mission will last 10 days and will involve unfettered, eight- to 10-hour, 5-crewmember submersible dives that will be transporting citizen scientists and explorers to the wreck-site. Another set of series will run in summer 2022 according to OceanGate.
According to Fox News, up to nine “qualified citizen scientists” will be approved to go on each mission and only three “mission specialists” will be allowed on the five-person sub per dive.
Titanic was 882 feet 9 inches (269.06 m) long with a maximum breadth of 92 feet 6 inches (28.19 m). Her total height, measured from the base of the keel to the top of the bridge, was 104 feet (32 m). She measured 46,328 gross register tons and with a draught of 34 feet 7 inches (10.54 m), she displaced 52,310 tons.
Titanic was long thought to have sunk in one piece and, over the years, many schemes were put forward for raising the wreck. None came to fruition. The fundamental problem was the sheer difficulty of finding and reaching a wreck that lies over 12,000 feet (3,700 m) below the surface, in a location where the water pressure is over 6,500 pounds per square inch (450 bar). A number of expeditions were mounted to find Titanic but it was not until 1 September 1985 that a Franco-American expedition led by Jean-Louis Michel and Robert Ballard succeeded.
The team discovered that Titanic had in fact split apart, probably near or at the surface, before sinking to the seabed. The separated bow and stern sections lie about a third of a mile (0.6 km) apart in Titanic Canyon off the coast of Newfoundland. They are located 13.2 miles (21.2 km) from the inaccurate coordinates given by Titanic‘s radio operators on the night of her sinking, and approximately 715 miles (1,151 km) from Halifax and 1,250 miles (2,012 km) from New York.
Both sections struck the sea bed at considerable speed, causing the bow to crumple and the stern to collapse entirely.