Titan Development Timeline

Date
Development

April 2019

OceanGate crew sets a world record with Titan as the first four person dive to 3760 meters.

December 2018

OceanGate CEO, Stockton Rush, successfully pilots Titan on solo dive to 4,000 meters (13,123 feet).

June 2018

While the engineering team repairs the extensive electrical damage, Titan's  pressure vessel is lowered, unmanned, on a monofilament line to 4,000 meters. This test validated the design, engineering and use of carbon fiber.

May 2018

90% of Titan's electrical components are damaged by lightning in The Bahamas – delaying manned testing to depth.

April 2018

Shortly after being christened, Titan  was mobilized to The Bahamas for planned deep sea tests.

February 2018

OceanGate announces the completion of Titan.

January 2018

Fiberglass fairings are installed.

January 2018

Titan transitioned to its own internal battery power. Team validates that the sealing surface on both the forward and aft domes are watertight by drawing a partial vacuum on the inside of the assembled hull and confirming zero pressure drop.

December 2017

The acrylic viewport is installed on the forward titanium dome.

November 2017

Titan launch and recovery platform is completed.

November 2017

Aft cage assembly begins, providing a framework for housing batteries and control pods, all of which are cased in individual pressure vessels.

November 2017

Installation of the fiberglass insert. The insert is both functional and aesthetic. Functionally, it prevents condensation from dripping inside the submersible, and also isolates the electronics from the hull to reduce the chance of ground faults. Aesthetically, the insert creates a modular interior which can easily be reconfigured based on the objective of the dive, equipment needs and crew size. It also houses a large digital display monitor affixed to hinges so that the pilot can easily access the equipment bay in the aft dome.

October 2017

Aft titanium dome arrives at OceanGate.

October 2017

Titan's carbon fiber cylinder is coated with polyurethane to prevent saltwater intrusion.

September 2017

Launch and recovery platform construction begins at Everest Marine in Burlington, WA.

September 2017

Carbon fiber hull delivered to OceanGate engineering and operations facility for inspection and assembly.

July 2017

Titanium rings bonded to the carbon fiber cylinder.

June 2017

Titanium hemispheres formed. To achieve the dome shape, titanium was pressed from large, flat plates. The domes were then machined to shape, including to precise tolerances on sealing surfaces to ensure a watertight seal under high and low pressure.

June 2017

The carbon fiber hull created by winding approximately 800 layers of carbon fiber around a stainless steel mandrel. After curing, the mandrel was removed.

May 2017

Machining of titanium rings complete.

April 2017

Titanium rings arrive at the factory. These rings will be bonded to the carbon fiber cylinder to provide attachment points for the forward and aft titanium domes. These five components comprise the pressure vessel.

March 2017

OceanGate announces plans that Titan will be used in the first manned submersible expedition to survey the RMS Titanic since 2005.
Go to Titanic Survey Expedition page.

March 2017

Production of carbon fiber hull begins.

June 2016

Scale model testing complete – with 1/3 scale carbon fiber hull validated to 9,500 psig -- corresponding to operating in the ocean at a depth of about 6,685 meters (21,935 feet).

June 2015

Scale model testing begins to validate the use of carbon fiber as hull material for a manned submersible

May 2013

OceanGate announced the launch of Project Cyclops a collaboration with the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab to build a revolutionary new manned submersible in an effort to increase access to the deep ocean.