The Future of Deep-Sea Exploration Meets the World’s Most Famous Underwater Heritage Site

During the dive, the submersible will glide over the deck of the Titanic using its powerful exterior lights to illuminate the cavern where the grand staircase once stood and the remains of the iconic bridge where the famous order “Hard a’ starboard! Stop all engines!” was given. Dive teams can also explore Titanic’s massive debris field to observe and record the variety of artifacts strewn across the ocean floor.

2.5 miles below the sea


sequence of events

There is nothing quite like descending nearly 2.5 miles below the sea surface. While every single dive is unique, below is the general sequence of events:

1. Every dive begins with a pre-dive brief on board the surface support vessel.

2. Following the pre-dive brief, the team of up to four crew and pilot transfers to Titan, where the crew  completes a final life-support, navigation, and communication systems check.

3. At the conclusion of the systems check, all stations (sub crew, platform crew, and topside support crews) participate in a 5 minute “Stopski”, a pre-planned time-out adopted from NASA launch protocols. During  this period, everyone involved in the launch operation pauses to evaluate their surroundings and ensure all crew and systems are ready to dive.

4. Once the all clear is given after the Stopski, the dive begins.

5. The sub and the launch and recovery platform are fully submerged before the sub disengages from the platform to begin the 90-minute descent to the site of the RMS Titanic.

6. Once on site, the crew spends about three hours exploring the wreck, focused first on achieving specific dive objectives that contribute to the overall expedition objectives. Primary and backup dive objectives are determined in collaboration with the science team may include conducting laser and sonar scans or capturing images of specific sections of the bow section, stern section, or debris field based on operational parameters and research objectives. A typical dive plan also includes time for exploring specific areas of interest that the dive team chooses.

7. Throughout the dive Mission Specialist support the pilot in various support roles such as sonar and laser scanner operation, tracking and communications, observation and documentation, and photography and videography.

8. Each crew member also has an individual tablet to monitor sonar images, track Titan’s position or view the exterior cameras for a 180° view of the surroundings.

9. Once the dive objectives have been completed, or the crew is ready to ascend, the pilot will adjust Titan's  buoyancy to begin the 90-minute ascent back to the surface.

(Note: views of specific vessel features depend on local conditions at the wreck)

What is It Like in the Sub?

The inside of the submersible is well-lit and comfortable for five adults. The internal pressure remains at a constant one atmosphere – the same pressure we experience at sea level, so no decompression is required at the end of the dive and the air is recycled in a similar way as a spacecraft. The internal temperature is typically only a few degrees warmer than the outside water temperature, so we recommend being prepared with layers.

A common occurrence inside the sub during a dive is the presence of condensation on the inside of the pressure hull. For a more comfortable experience, Titan is equipped with a large cylindrical insert that forms a barrier between the exterior hull and the interior compartment to deflect the condensation away from the crew.

During the dive 

Crew members will rotate seating to ensure everyone has an opportunity to sit with an unobstructed view through the large viewport. Multiple displays show live feeds from the cameras or sonar views, plus each crewmember will have a digital tablet with individual access to the live camera views, sonar images, species guides, tracking data, shipwreck information, and more. As desired, lighting, music and recorded images can be adjusted for comfort and entertainment during the descent and ascent.

Eating and Drinking

Snacks and water are allowed. While Titan is the only deep research sub with a bathroom accommodation, given the tight quarters, it is only used in extreme cases. By limiting Mission Specialist's diets before and during the dive, the need to use the bathroom is largely eliminated.

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