Missions Specialists join the expedition in teams of up to 9 members for 11-day missions to explore the wreck. Mission teams depart from St. John’s, Newfoundland and fly to rendezvous with the Dive Support Ship at sea. Mission Specialists live and work with the operations crew and content experts throughout the mission.
Mission Specialists will join at least one submersible dive to the Titanic and have the opportunity to train and support the submersible operations in roles such as sonar operation, laser scanning, navigation, communications, camera operations, and data logging.
During other mission dives you may choose to support or observe surface operations, or monitor dive operations and other expedition activities with closed-circuit video or audio feeds of the operations deck or the navigation and communications center from your private quarters or common areas.
Mission Specialists may also assist the dive team with pre- and post-dive servicing of the submersible, or perform other Mission Specialist support roles such as reviewing videos and photos of the wreck, analyzing sonar data, or helping with dive planning.
Throughout the mission, content experts on board the ship will share their knowledge of the shipwreck, the history of the ship and the story of her sinking, and the deep sea creatures inhabiting the wreck.
Since her sinking in 1912, the RMS Titanic has been rapidly decaying in the extreme conditions found at 3800 meters below the sea surface. The most dramatic deterioration is being caused by the growth of rust-like microorganisms that are ‘eating’ the steel structure. These ‘rusticles’ a derivation of “rust” and “icicle”, are associated with various forms of pitting and perforation corrosion of the steel.
A number of estimates have been made about the length of time left before Titanic is no longer recognizable as a shipwreck. The range of opinions is due, in part, because only a small amount of data has been collected during the limited number of manned and unmanned expeditions to the site. Our 2018 expedition will be the first time in 13 years that people will directly view the wreck.
Given the massive scale of the wreck and debris field, multiple missions over several years may be necessary to fully document the Titanic’s submerged heritage. Our crew will collaborate with scientific experts to conduct a series of surveys to assess the decay of the historical site. This multidisciplinary team will collect 4K images and video, and will scan the wreck and debris field to collect laser and sonar data. The data will then be used to create a high-resolution 3D virtual model, making it possible for researchers to accurately assess the rate of deterioration as well as document and preserve the memory of the site for generations to come.