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22 June 2023

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Scott O

Looking at Stockton Rush's background, I wouldn't get into a car with him.
Key quote:
""I think I can do this just as safely by breaking the rules,” he continued."
I'm not sure what rules he was referring to, but it looks like he paid the ultimate price for his hubris.
https://www.dailyprincetonian.com/article/2023/06/princeton-alum-stockton-rush-lost-tital-submersible-submarine-ceo-pilot-search
He had made the trip before successfully, but there were reported problems.
I'm sure the people on board were aware of the immense potential danger at that depth.
To keep it in perspective - it seems every month I read about some one who just went for a hike ending up missing or dead. Life is dangerous - no one gets out alive.

Gregory

"You know, at some point, safety just is pure waste. I mean, if you just want to be safe, don’t get out of bed. Don’t get in your car. Don’t do anything.”

“At some point, you’re going to take some risk, and it really is a risk/reward question. I think I can do this just as safely by breaking the rules..."
-the CEO of the operation

How many dives to 12000' did the pressure tank make before it imploded at depth? How many did a prototype make before it failed?

What? They didn't test it that way?

A pinger wouldn't help that operation.

Scott O

I hadn't seen this - "...once explained how he didn’t hire “50-year-old white guys” with military experience to captain his vessels because they weren’t “inspirational.”"

Sez the 61 year old white guy.

"Stockton Rush, 61, added that such expertise was unnecessary because “anybody can drive the sub” with a $30 video game controller."

Going down 12K feet with a guy that doesn't find competence and safety to be paramount just doesn't sound like a good idea.
https://nypost.com/2023/06/21/why-stockton-rush-didnt-hire-50-year-old-white-guys-for-titanic-sub-tours/

Gregory

"WASHINGTON—A top secret U.S. Navy acoustic detection system designed to spot enemy submarines first heard the Titan sub implosion hours after the submersible began its mission, officials involved in the search said.

The Navy began listening for the Titan almost as soon as the sub lost communications, according to a U.S. defense official. Shortly after its disappearance, the U.S. system detected what it suspected was the sound of an implosion near the debris site discovered Thursday and reported its findings to the commander on site, U.S. defense officials said.

“The U.S. Navy conducted an analysis of acoustic data and detected an anomaly consistent with an implosion or explosion in the general vicinity of where the Titan submersible was operating when communications were lost,” a senior U.S. Navy official told The Wall Street Journal in a statement. “While not definitive, this information was immediately shared with the Incident Commander to assist with the ongoing search and rescue mission.”

The Navy asked that the specific system used not be named, citing national security concerns."

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Posted by: Scott O | 22 June 2023 at 03:15 PM

Funny…..even the crazy doing things his own way undersea explorer rebel dude still feels the compulsion to virtue signal. Fired the uninspiring white guy whose suggestion might have saved his life and the lives of his passengers.

Inspiring!

The Estonian Fox

Gregory 03:18 PM

Sonar/acoustics have made substantial improvements since the USS Thresher loss 60 years ago. It took some time then for the US Navy to search (probably manually) through its recordings to pinpoint the time & location of the Thresher loss.

The Titan was 600 miles farther from the US coastline than the Thresher was, with a 'target' less than 1% of the Thresher volume, so should be expecting a much quieter 'boom'. It's isn't surprising that our Navy picked up the loss.

I did get one notice from the sonar group a decade ago when a 500+ pound guest of ours dove into our pool. They accused us of secretly harboring Russian assets. They weren't even close. The guy was Chinese.

Misanthrope

The OceanGate sub had sensors on the inside of the hull to give them a warning of when it was starting to crack according to James Cameron.

"Beep-Beep, you're fucked"

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