Less than a year has passed since the OceanGate implosion, but a billionaire is already planning to descend on the Titanic

The businessman wants to descend into the wreckage of the ocean liner in a submarine to prove that it is possible to do so safely

A billionaire is already planning to descend on the Titanic
OceanGate’s Titan Submarine

On June 18, 2023, the submarine Titan, operated by OceanGate, imploded. He was on his way to the wreck of the Titanic, but never arrived. All five passengers in the vehicle were killed within milliseconds. Less than a year after the event, billionaire Larry Connor is already planning to take the sunken ocean liner by submarine. It seeks to demonstrate that it is possible to arrive safely.

What will the submarine you descend in be like?

He would descend in the Triton 4000/2 Abyssal Explorer. It is a submarine submersible up to 4,000 meters, hence its name, the size of a large van: 4.45 meters high x 3 meters high and 2.75 meters wide. It is designed for two seated travelers. It consists of a transparent dome, where passengers are accommodated, and fold-out wings. It cost $20 million to develop. You can find out more about it on the company’s website.

This is the Triton 4,000/2 Abyssal Exlorer

The billionaire argues that it is much safer than the Titan; in fact, the idea of the expedition stems from the deadly result of the OceanGate voyage. “I want to show people around the world that even though the ocean is extremely powerful, it can be wonderful and enjoyable and really life-changing if it’s done the right way,” he said in a Wall Street Journal report.

He would descend with Patrick Lahey, the co-founder of Triton, the company responsible for the submarine in charge of the mission. The company was founded in 2008. Connor and Lahey have already explored the depths together, specifically in the Mariana Trench, although not to its maximum depth, as this corner is the deepest on Earth, at almost 11,000 meters. No specific date has been set for the expedition. Despite this, since it has the technology that would supposedly allow it to do so, it could be announced at any time.

The Tragic Fate of Titan and the Disappearance of OceanGate

All five of the Titan’s crew were killed instantly. The implosion lasted between 20 and 40 milliseconds, so their brain didn’t even process their demise, they didn’t suffer. On the other hand, OceanGate’s fate was sealed with implosion. The company had already been conducting guided tours of the ship’s wreckage since 2021, albeit unsuccessfully. After the death of the sailors, it suspended its activity on 6 July. Exploring their website is impossible, if we access it, we will find a message indicating the cessation of their explorations and commercial operations.



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