NEW MODEL NAMED IN HONOR OF HISTORIC 2019 MISSION TO THE RMS TITANIC IS A HIGHPERFORMANCE, FLEXIBLE PLATFORM BUILT SPECIFICALLY TO ACCOMMODATE PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS AND FEATURES THE LARGEST AND THICKEST ACRYLIC SPHERE EVER PRODUCED
Triton Submarines LLC, the leading manufacturer of personal submarines designed for yacht, hospitality and cruise ship deployment, has unveiled the design for the newest model in their groundbreaking line-up, the Triton 13000/2 Titanic Explorer (TE). Set to be the deepest diving acrylic pressure-hulled manned submersible ever produced, it has the ability to dive to 4,000m (13,123ft) and features for the first time ever, Gull Wings. Unlike any other submersible platform to date, the unique and distinctive Gull Wing feature is the result of an internal discussion that considered what the model’s primary mission profiles would include. When retracted, the submersible is streamlined for ascent and decent, capable of maneuvering in and around incredibly tight spaces. Fully deployed to 6m (19.7ft), they raise the vehicle’s propulsion up and away from the seabed, ensuring that delicate species or free-floating objects remain undisturbed. Cameras placed at the wing tips allow for a perfect external vantage point from which to film the submersible and its occupants; ideal for presenter-led productions. The enormous 500 kg payload capacity allows for almost a half-ton of additional mission-specific equipment to be integrated. Said Triton Principal Design Engineer John Ramsay, “When we started thinking about the design of the Triton Titanic Explorer, we knew the unique visual capability of being the deepest diving acrylic hulled sub would need to be countered by the darkness at depth. What’s the point of going down if you can’t see anything when you get there? So, we developed the Gull Wings to counter just that. They are equipped with lighting and cameras so you can essentially light your subject from one angle while shooting from the other, and even adjust the position of the wings for dexterity, control and maneuverability. It’s a remarkable advancement, particularly for filmmakers, researchers or scientists who are using the vehicle.”
Another industry first is exemplified by the acrylic sphere in which passengers of the Triton TitanicExplorer sit. Until now, the capacity to reach 4,000 meters or over 13,000 feet was simply not possible but advances in materials technology and the development of manufacturing techniques proprietary only to Triton have allowed for the construction of the thickest, and strongest transparent acrylic hull possible in the world today. The acrylic separating occupants of the Triton Titanic Explorer from the deep ocean’s crushing pressures becomes virtually invisible once immersed, providing amazing panoramic views with zero distortion. As witnessed on the BBC’s award-winning Blue Planet II series– where the footage shot from interior cameras through Triton’s acrylic and the footage recorded on exterior cameras were indistinguishable one from another–the remarkable optical qualities of the pressure hulls Triton employs ensure a breathtaking experience and engagement with the marine environment. During ascent and decent, the submersible’s Silent Glide feature can be enabled, which allows gentle, sweeping turns perfect for cinematic camera work or following, but not disturbing, marine life on the move. Without using thrusters, Triton Titanic Explorer can maintain a fixed heading, track an object, or glide towards a target in descent. Conversely, when engaged, the thrusters provide additional controls to counteract the strong currents that can be experienced around fragile marine habitats and wrecks. Indeed, the Triton Titanic Explorer is named in honor of Triton’s August 2019 mission to visit the RMS Titanic utilizing the Triton 36000/2. It was the first manned mission to visit the wreck in 14-years and utilized a series of dives to assess the condition of the Titanic using augmented reality and visual reality technology for the very first time. Never resting on their laurels, the Triton team took what they learned on that mission to advance the technology of this newest model even further. Said Triton Co-Founder and President Patrick Lahey, “We have a proven track record of developing the safest and most reliable submersibles on the market, but we are always challenging ourselves to figure out what’s next. We’ve found it’s not just about going down in a submersible, it’s about the user experience and the things we can do once underwater. You see this in the remarkable innovations introduced on the Triton Titanic Explorer and you will see it in some of Triton’s soon to be announced configurable models as well. People are starting to think about submarines and ocean exploration in a whole new way and we’re excited to bring that technology to them.” As with every Triton, owners enjoy superior after-sales support. Sophisticated design enhancements ensure ease of maintenance for the Triton Titanic Explorer to be carried out via ready access to the submersible’s large, elegantly arranged maintenance bay using standard tooling and marine engineering know-how. This ensures owners spend more time in the water and on task, reinforcing that as a platform, the Titanic Explorer’s capabilities are unmatched.