OceanGate builds a craft to visit the Titanic shipwreck

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OceanGate builds a craft to visit the Titanic shipwreck

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:17 am

EVERETT, Wash. — Today it looks like an eight-foot-long section of culvert pipe, but in just a couple of months, the carbon-fiber cylinder sitting on OceanGate’s shop floor will serve as the heart of a five-person submersible that’s destined to visit the Titanic, the world’s most famous shipwreck.

The Cyclops 2 submersible and its future mission represent the culmination of an eight-year-old dream for Stockton Rush, the Everett-based company’s co-founder and CEO.

“The whole project from Day One was to go deep. … Three years ago, it became pretty clear that the real market opportunity was the Titanic,” Rush told GeekWire on Friday during a company open house.

This summer, Rush and his team reached a milestone when they attached two titanium rings to the ends of the central cylinder, beginning the assembly process for Cyclops 2. The next steps include bolting titanium domes onto the rings, installing a clear acrylic viewport and outfitting the pressure vessel inside and out.

The process was prototyped with the construction of Cyclops 1, OceanGate’s current flagship, which has been employed on expeditions including last year’s visit to the wreck of the Andrea Doria.

Read more; https://www.geekwire.com/2017/inside-su ... shipwreck/
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