The Titan submersible, which captured international attention this week after it disappeared on its trip to the Titanic, has a Huntsville connection. OceanGate, the company that built the submersible, consulted with engineers from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center according to NASA.
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center had a Space Act Agreement with OceanGate, and consulted on materials and manufacturing processes for the submersible. NASA did not conduct testing and manufacturing via its workforce or facilities, which was done elsewhere by OceanGate.Lance D. Davis, Marshall Acting News Chief
What happened to the Titan submersible?
The U.S. Coast Guard announced yesterday that a search of the sea floor uncovered a debris field consistent with the materials of the submersible. Experts believe the vessel imploded on its journey to view the Titanic wreckage–which lies 12,500 feet beneath the surface. For comparison, the Empire State Building in New York City is only 1,454 feet tall.
The Titanic wreckage lies about 350 miles off of the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. When the submersible went missing on Sunday afternoon after it lost contact with its surface ship, it prompted an international response. There were five passengers aboard the 22-foot watercraft.