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Havila Harmony (Photo: OceanGate)

Vessel Chartered to Support Titanic Dive

, known as mission specialists, a chance to work alongside a team of experts to document and digitally preserve the historic maritime site.“The Havila Harmony is a state-of-the-art vessel operated by an experienced team with extensive knowledge in offshore and subsea operations,” commented Stockton Rush, OceanGate CEO and Founder. “Not only is the vessel ideally suited to serve the scientific and operational objectives of the mission, but it will also play a critical role in our ability to deliver an exceptional experience to our mission specialists, researchers and expedition crew.&rdquo

(Photo: OceanGate)

iXblue Equips Manned Submersible for Titanic Mission

Titan, the newest addition to the company’s fleet of deep sea manned submersibles and the first privately-owned manned submersible capable of reaching Titanic depths.“Our submersible pilots have relied on Phins from iXblue on our fleet of manned submersibles for several years,” said Stockton Rush, OceanGate CEO and Chief Pilot. “With iXblue our pilot can safely navigate around shipwrecks because we know almost exactly where we are. Plus, the location is sent to the surface, so the operations crew can track our location in real time. The accuracy of the location data also allows

(Photo: Oceangate)

Expedition to Capture First 4K Images of the Titanic

laser scans to create to create a detailed 3D virtual model of the wreck that will serve as a baseline to help researchers gauge the decay of the wreck, and to document and preserve its submerged history over time. “SubC Imaging has pioneered the way subsea images are collected,” said Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate. “With the first ever 4K images of Titanic we can share this wreck the world with a clarity that has never been seen before.” Leading up to the expedition, SubC Imaging and OceanGate crews are working to integrate, configure and calibrate the equipment, with the

File photo: the Titanic pictured in Cobh Harbour, in April 1912 (Photo: Cobh Heritage Centre)

Researchers to Laser Scan Titanic Wreckage

laser scanner, the ULS-500 PRO, which will be used to generate highly accurate, real-time 3D models with millimetric resolution. Not only does the ULS-500 Pro deliver fine-scale dimensional features not captured by other methods, it is also significantly quicker, according to OceanGate CEO, Stockton Rush. “Laser scanning provides maximum detail in less time than other techniques,” he explained. “2G Robotics has provided us with a solution that will generate an entirely new perspective of the Titanic.” The team will compile the laser data with overlayed 4K images captured

Cutaway view of Cyclops 2 showing the main components of the pressure vessel and external fairing (Photo: OceanGate)

Manned Submersible Built to Explore Titanic Shipwreck

increase human exploration of the undersea world.   “Construction of Cyclops 2 is a significant step in advancing human exploration of the ocean. When completed, it will be the only privately owned submersible in the world that can take five people to depths of 4,000 meters,” said Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate.   The pressure vessel is comprised of two titanium hemispheres, two matching titanium rings, and a 56” diameter, 100” long carbon fiber wound cylinder – the largest such device ever built for use in a manned submersible. In this latest milestone event

Cyclops 1 and Ms. Lars under tow (Photo: OceanGate Expeditions)

Manned Submersible Divers to Study Sharks in the Bahamas

each season over a year for the Bahamas Deep Sea Survey of the twilight zone of the Exuma Sound.   “[The Exuma Sound in the Bahamas is] an ideal location for diving, thanks to the year round warm, clear water and the abundance of natural resources and deep sea organisms,” said Stockton Rush, the CEO of OceanGate. “The deep water near the coast makes it a perfect fit for shore-based operation and use of Ms. Lars, our mobile subsea launch and recovery system. This is a great opportunity to advance scientific discovery as our Cyclops 1 can venture far below scuba depth to 500

Image courtesy of Lori Johnston, RMS Titanic Expedition 2003, NOAA-OE.

Manned Sub to Survey Titanic Wreckage

dive planning.   “Since her sinking 105 years ago, fewer than 200 people have ever visited the wreck, far fewer than have flown to space or climbed Mount Everest, so this is an incredible opportunity to explore one of the most rarely seen and revered landmarks on the planet,” said Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate Expeditions.   Experts from the Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory (AIVL) at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will collaborate on the expedition. Bill Lange, director of the AIVL at WHOI, has participated in previous expeditions to Titanic. His team

Image: OceanGate

OceanGate Begins Building a New 5-man Sub

capable of these depths.   In parallel with the two materials orders, the OceanGate team is also developing a mobile subsea launch and recovery system for the submersible.   “Construction of Cyclops 2 is a significant milestone in human exploration of the ocean,” said Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate. “When completed, it will be the only privately owned submersible in the world that can take five people to these depths.”   Fabrication of the titanium and carbon fiber components are planned to begin immediately, with delivery scheduled for Spring 2017.

David Lochridge(Photo: OceanGate)

OceanGate Announced Two New Hires

OceanGate Inc., which provides underwater manned submersible services for industry, research and exploration, has hired two team members as it expands to do more deep sea expeditions and build a fleet of manned submersibles, announced the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Stockton Rush.   David Lochridge joins OceanGate as Director of Marine Operations with a diverse 25-year career in marine operations around the world as a manned submersible pilot, commercial diver, ROV pilot and marine engineer. Lochridge is responsible for ensuring the safety of all crew and clients during submersible

Photo: OceanGate

INS to Help Manned Sub Explore Andrea Doria Wreck

;Previously our pilots relied on voice commands from the surface team who tracked the sub’s location to help vector us to the target. Now with iXBlue PHINS, the pilot can navigate autonomously throughout the dive and communicate the sub’s position back to the surface,” explained Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate.   PHINS has been integrated into Cyclops 1 in preparation for OceanGate’s expedition to survey the iconic wreck of Andrea Doria in June 2016. This Italian flagged passenger liner sank in 1956 about 50 miles from Nantucket. The 697 foot long wreck, often referred

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