An actor who once traveled on the Titanic in the missing Titan sub shared how the vehicle’s battery suddenly drained during the voyage, forcing it to an early end.
Alan Estrada shares the chilling details of how Titan’s power source quickly dropped to 40 percent power during the July 2022 mission to visit the ill-fated ocean liner.
It cut the time Mexican-born Estrada and his fellow submariners spent on the wreck from four hours to one hour so they could return to the surface before the sub lost power.
Speaking in his YouTube video about the trip, he said: ‘It’s completely understandable for safety reasons that when the last battery – the submersible has two batteries – when the second battery has only 40 per cent left, it needs to return to the surface. safety
‘It means that the four hours they tell you you’re going down there are not met.’
Estrada – best known for his YouTube channel – still managed to take a stunning selfie of himself standing in front of the Titan’s porthole, with the Titanic’s iconic bow visible in the depths.
The vlogger also told how the Titan suffered a two-hour communications blackout during its voyage.
Mexican actor Alan Estrada told Newstimesuk.com that the Titan submarine lost contact for two hours during its voyage to the Titanic wreck on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean on July 3, 2022.
He was one of several people who spoke about the communication problems that plagued the sub, which was calm for an hour and 45 minutes on Sunday’s expedition to the Titanic with five men on board.
The Titan, which is feared to have reached a depth of 12,000 feet, has not been spotted since Wednesday following a frantic search for the vessel.
Estrada, whose trip to the sub was paid for by sponsors, said it was originally scheduled for July 2021, but was pushed back a year due to unspecified ‘difficulties’ with Titan.
‘My biggest concern was obviously losing my life,’ Estrada told Newstimesuk.com. ‘Those who undertook this operation…we are aware of the risk we are taking. It’s no surprise.’
Estrada also shot this incredible photo of the Titanic’s famous bow. The ocean liner sank on its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in April 1912, killing nearly 1,500 passengers.
The OceanGate 22-foot carbon fiber and titanium ship Titan is operated with a PlayStation remote control.
Estrada paid $125,000 for the trip — when he originally signed up two years ago. By the time the Titan disappeared, the cost per passenger had risen to $250,000.
The YouTuber says he was aware of the dangers of the voyage — but whatever.
‘Because it’s an experimental submersible, a lot can happen and we were aware that only things could happen that could put your life at risk,’ Estrada explained. ‘But the dive probably wouldn’t have been successful if the weather hadn’t been in your favour.’
Speaking in his clip about the communication problem, Estrada said: ‘After 1,000 metres, the pilot, Scott, detected a failure in his communication system.
‘It is essential that we do not communicate with the surface, otherwise we may be lost and drift into the middle of the ocean.’
The submarine descended to about 6,500 meters when the pilot released a ballast tank from each side to help it float upwards. Moments later, the ship regained contact with the ship on the surface and resumed its journey.
A tourist submersible off Oceangate has been missing since Sunday with five people on board, but a Canadian rescue plane detected sounds from the vessel on Tuesday, the US Coast Guard said.
Stockton Rush, full name Richard Stockton Rush III, is the CEO of Oceangate and one of the five men who boarded the Titan submersible to visit the Titanic wreck site.
Among those taking part in the campaign is billionaire Hamish Harding (pictured), CEO of Action Aviation in Dubai. She excitedly posted on social media about being there on Sunday
Estrada spoke out after CBS Sunday Morning reporter David Pogue revealed his harrowing experience at the Titan on Monday — which he said also suffered from more communication problems.
The submarine was reported to be missing for two and a half hours due to the difficulty – the same amount of time as the blackout during Estrada’s expedition.
And German explorer Arthur Loibl said his August 2021 Titanic trip to Titan was a ‘suicide mission’ as it encountered numerous electrical problems, with parts even falling from the wrecked sub.
On Sunday, the Titan submarine, carrying five passengers, including company CEO Stockton Rush, lost contact with tour operators about 35 miles south of St. John’s, Newfoundland, and disappeared after setting off on its mission.
Billionaire Hamish Harding, French explorer Paul-Henri Nargiolet and Shahzada Daoud, 48, a board member of the UK-based Prince’s Trust charity, and his son Sulaiman Daoud, 19, are also said to be stuck on the sub.
A Canadian rescue aircraft was able to detect noise from a deep-sea vessel on Tuesday, the US Coast Guard confirmed.
Oceangate has offered tourists the opportunity to explore the wreck of the Titanic for many years
Shahzada Dawood, 48, a board member of the Prince’s Trust charity, and her 19-year-old son Sulaiman Dawood (pictured together) are on board the missing submarine.
The five aboard the Titan are believed to have less than 20 hours of breathing air left to sustain them, although a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman on Wednesday declined to say exactly how long.
He said that on Tuesday and Wednesday, the plane hunting for the sub had heard the sound of banging. It has been speculated that Titan’s occupants made these bangs to try to attract attention, but explorers have not been able to confirm that this is the case.
Three US Air Force cargo planes delivered heavy equipment and submarines to Canada on Tuesday night to help rescue the crew.
The equipment was removed from the planes by a military loader then loaded onto the truck in a forklift truck.
One load consisted of a huge red roll of thick wire and two large machines with a blue frame and a sign ‘High Voltage’ on the side. Although the cable’s exact purpose was unclear, it appears to have been long enough to reach deep into the ocean.
Another load consisted of two heavy-duty Hyundai winches with ‘6000 kg line pull’ written on the side of each.
‘I wish with all my heart that they find them,’ Estrada said. ‘Today is an important day for this rescue. I hope they find them safe and sound.’
Inside the Titan, the submarine that disappeared during the raid on the wreck of the Titanic
Newstimesuk.com is here to answer your questions about missing submarines.
How big is the titan submarine?
The dimensions of the vessel are 670 cm x 280 cm x 250 cm, and it is capable of diving to a depth of 4,000 meters.
The vessel weighs 10,432 kg, and can travel at a maximum speed of three knots, powered by four Innerspace 1002 electric thrusters.
It includes a subsea imaging 4k Refin camera, Teledyne 2D sonar, 40,000 lumens of external light and a 2G robotics laser scanner.
Electronics and thruster control pods are placed outside the pressure hull to increase the space available for crew and equipment on board.
It also has a toilet on board, which offers guests a little privacy as it is right next to the window.
How is Titan controlled?
The ship is controlled by a powerful PlayStation controller, although it lacks a GPS system and is guided by text messages sent by a team above the water.
According to the website, Titan communicates with the topside comms and tracking team via text messages that are exchanged via a USBL (Ultra-Short Baseline) acoustic system.
A large digital display streams a live feed from multiple external 4K cameras and also serves as a door to the aft equipment bay.
Who designed the ship and what is it made of?
The Titan was built and designed with titanium end caps and an aerospace-grade carbon fiber hull with a dome.
A team of engineers from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center consulted with Oceangate engineers during the development of the submersible.
In late April, the company highlighted that it had moved the Titan into final preparations for the 2023 Titanic expedition.
It boasts a filament wound carbon fiber hull – the largest of any manned submarine – and two titanium hemispheres.
The front dome serves as an access hatch for easy entry and exit, which also has the largest viewport of any deep-sea manned submersible.
The Titan has a fiberglass hull insert to prevent condensation from dripping onto the crew and eliminate electrical ground faults.
How long does the dive session last?
Dives can last up to 10 hours each, with participants spending a total of 10 days at sea on a large vessel.
In an interview last year, the company’s CEO, Stockton Rush, told the CBC that their members have a capacity of five people and can go as deep as the Titanic, which is half the depth of the ocean.
He said: ‘There are no switches and things to bump, we have a button to turn it on.
‘Everything else is done with touch screens and computers, and so you really become part of the car and everyone gets to know everyone very well.’
The 2023 mission was the company’s third mission to Titan, with the sub making ten dives to the wreck in 2022 over several weeks.
It’s unclear how many Titans have completed in total, but it’s understood the trip isn’t the first this year.
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