The recent disappearance of a submarine exploring the Titanic wreck in the North Atlantic has sparked a massive search and rescue operation. As the efforts to locate the missing sub continue, concerns have emerged over the safety measures employed during the expedition.
In a surprising revelation, OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush disclosed that the submersible is operated using a video game controller, leading to public questioning about the adequacy of this control system in such a high-stakes underwater mission.
The research vessel Polar Prince, from which the submersible Titan went missing, has initiated a search in the Atlantic Ocean. The US Coast Guard is coordinating the rescue operation, utilizing surface and underwater sonar searches. The challenging nature of the remote area has prompted the involvement of additional expertise, including the US Navy and Canadian coast guard vessels.
The Titan, a five-person submersible, was specifically designed to explore depths of up to 4,000 meters. It serves multiple purposes, including Titanic wreck exploration, site surveying, and research activities. Equipped with advanced lighting, navigation systems, and high-definition cameras, the Titan offers real-time hull monitoring and analysis of pressure changes to ensure the safety of its occupants.
The revelation that the submersible is controlled using a video game controller has raised eyebrows among the public. Critics argue that for the considerable cost of $250,000 per expedition, a more robust and professional control system should have been implemented.
Social media reactions express shock and disbelief at the use of off-the-shelf parts and question the level of safety and reliability associated with such an experimental setup.