Titan Sub Lacked Standard Location Tech that Would Have Made Finding it ‘Routine’

While most submersibles come equipped with the standard location technology that helps detect the precise location of the subs in case of an accident, the Titanic bound vessel lacked that mechanism.

It has been reported that nearly two years ago, in August 2021, a remotely operated vehicle called Hercules that was designed to explore shipwrecks, the depths of the seawater, and strange creatures present in it, got lost, per Inverse.

“Hercules became detached from the cable connecting it to its ship. To make matters worse, a smaller assistant craft to which Hercules was tethered, called Argus, was stuck in seabed rubble. But, as a class-certified marine explorer, Hercules was equipped with a simple but layered location technology.”

Due to its location technology, researchers managed to find the exact location of Hercules, which could be the case with the Titan submersible as well had it equip the standard layered location tech.

It is still not clear why the designer of the doomed submersible didn’t keep this crucial factor in mind while it was under construction.

The Titanic-bound submersible that went missing in the Atlantic Ocean a few hours after its journey on Father’s Day reportedly perished underwater. Experts believe there are zero chances of recovering the bodies of the five people on board.

It has been announced that the sub-vessel suffered a ‘catastrophic implosion,’ shattering pieces of the unfortunate vessel and killing everyone on board.

The US Coast Guard confirmed that a debris field on the ocean floor had been discovered in the search operation for the missing Titan submersible.

In a devastating update, the company behind the deadly voyage confirmed the news of their death and said all five people have been lost. This means that their bodies may never be recovered as they have perished in the unforgiving ocean.

“This is an incredibly unforgiving environment down there on the sea floor, and the debris is consistent with a catastrophic implosion of the vessel,” said Mauger, the First Coast Guard District Commander.

Minutes before the press briefing, the company that operated the Titan sub issued a statement and confirmed that the crew had perished in an implosion under the deep sea.

“We now believe that our CEO Stockton Rush, Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman Dawood, Hamish Harding, and Paul-Henri Nargeolet, have sadly been lost,” OceanGate said in a statement.

“These men were true explorers who shared a distinct spirit of adventure, and a deep passion for exploring and protecting the world’s oceans. Our hearts are with these five souls and every member of their families during this tragic time. We grieve the loss of life and joy they brought to everyone they knew.”

The people on board have been identified as Stockton Rush, the CEO of OceanGate Expeditions; British billionaire Hamish Harding; French dive expert Paul Henry Nargeolet; and prominent Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son, Suleman.

According to Pablo Sabron, the lead scientist of lead sea mission that explores hydrothermal vents, “The unspoken rule is that no experiments, tech demo, science hypothesis, etc, is more important than human life,” he told Inverse.

Only because of using the standard location technology, Hercules was retrieved by scientists from approximately 2100 meters below the Pacific Ocean, and it is now back in action.

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Source: Inverse

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