The Triton mini-submarine, created in Florida, is capable of lowering passengers to very great depths and at the same time penetrating into very hard-to-reach places, for example, into the cabins of the Titanic, which died more than a century ago. This is stated on the company’s website.
The Triton body is made of acrylic and the ultra-widescreen porthole gives passengers a panoramic view of the underwater world without any optical distortion. Passengers can move freely inside the submarine with comfortable pressure, just like on the surface of the Earth.
In the past, Triton created its underwater travel spheres by casting two separate acrylic plexiglass half-domes and gluing them together with invisible glue, but in recent years it has created them from a single slab that needs to be heated and then shaped. This is the only way to create a bubble the same size as the one used in the 6-seat 3300/6 unveiled late last year, and certainly the only way to guarantee strength, thickness and optical excellence.
The Triton 13000/2 Titanic Explorer will be the deepest acrylic bladder submarine ever built. It will be able to dive to a depth of 4,000 m, making it the only transparent sphere that can carry several passengers to the Titanic crash site at about 3,800 m.
The new sub has another unusual feature: gull wings that extend from the top of the sub. They fold on the sides of the bubble to form a hydrodynamic shape as it descends or rises, meaning the journey to Titanic-level depths will only take two hours, significantly faster than previously possible.
When the wings are raised and extended, they will stretch to a width of 6 meters: this has several advantages as the wings are equipped with camera mounts and lights. And if you wish, you can raise the wings so as not to hurt fragile corals or shipwrecks. You can remove the wings altogether if you need to crawl into a narrow passage on the submarine.
The Titanic Explorer will have enough battery and life support for two-man expeditions over 12 hours. Interestingly, it only requires 40 kWh of battery. It uses four main and four auxiliary direct-drive electric thrusters, each up to 5.5 kW. It weighs 12,000 kg and measures 4.45 x 2.75 x 3 m when folded.