An animation visualizing the chilling final moments of the doomed Titan submarine has sent waves across the globe. Garnering over 5 million views in a mere 11 days, the gripping footage provides a glimpse into the unspeakable horror that unfolded at 5,500 feet beneath the North Atlantic. Released by AiTelly, the animation uncovers how overwhelming hydrostatic pressure induced the fatal implosion that claimed the lives of five brave souls. This immersive 6-minute spectacle serves as a sobering reminder of the unwavering power of the ocean depths and the risks embedded in exploring its darkest recesses.
On June 18th, a journey of discovery took a grim turn when the Titan, a submersible deployed on a mission to the sunken Titanic, met an untimely demise under the crushing pressure of the North Atlantic. This tragic event left a vacuum of unanswered questions. Enter AiTelly, a YouTube channel renowned for its engineering animations. With its latest upload, AiTelly ventured to fill this void, providing a mesmerizing yet harrowing visual narration of Titan’s ill-fated voyage.
This 3D animation, crafted with meticulous detail using open-source software, Blender, breathes life into the sterile figures and dimensions extracted from OceanGate’s website and Google. The tale it tells is as compelling as it is devastating.
Just two hours into the voyage, the Titan, subject to the tremendous pressures found at depths of 5,500 feet, imploded. The animation explains how such an implosion results from the catastrophic inward collapse of the vessel, contrasting it to an explosion which expands outward. As the Titan journeyed deeper, the submersible succumbed to the staggering 5,600 pounds per square inch of pressure, nearly 400 times that experienced on the surface.
AiTelly’s depiction paints a grim scene, showing the Titan’s destruction occurring “within a fraction of a millisecond,” leaving little to no hope for those aboard. The highly detailed rendering displays the submersible’s experimental carbon fiber construction crumpling and disintegrating under the water’s relentless pressure.
In the wake of the tragedy, controversy surrounded Titan’s innovative design. Traditional submersibles relied on the resilience of steel, titanium, and aluminum to resist the ocean’s brute force. The Titan, however, flaunted an unconventional, experimental design using carbon fiber — a gamble that, according to the video, could have been a significant contributor to its unfortunate fate.
The AiTelly team, an anonymous group of amateur engineers, spent a grueling 12 hours perfecting the animation. A testament to their dedication, the initial upload was revised after the first version was filled with corrections from its viewership. Their commitment to authenticity and accuracy gave birth to an even more insightful second iteration.
Unsurprisingly, the revised video has since gone viral, captivating an audience of millions within days. The AiTelly representative shared, “The bottom line is that we’re not afraid to make mistakes and accept information from the audience — and our background as amateur engineers, I think, might help.”
The unfolding of the Titan’s tragedy has sparked heated debates around safety precautions in the wake of allegations that OceanGate, operated by Stockton Rush, ignored critical warnings. Prior to the doomed expedition, a consultant for OceanGate, Rob McCallum, accused Rush of putting lives at risk by dismissing third-party certifications.
Despite the stern warnings, Rush seemed to dismiss concerns, prompting would-be passenger Jay Bloom to withdraw from the trip due to safety concerns. Rush’s assertion that a trip in the Titan was safer than flying a helicopter or scuba diving stands in stark contrast to the outcome of the ill-fated journey.
This ill-considered confidence, underlined by a disregard for safety concerns, led to the loss of five lives, including Rush’s own. The other victims were British billionaire Hamish Harding, prominent Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son, Sulaiman Dawood, and French Titanic expert Paul-Henri Nargeolet.
In the aftermath, underwater expert José Luis Martín speculated that the victims likely had between 48 to 71 seconds to comprehend their impending doom, enveloped by the ocean’s crushing darkness.
AiTelly’s riveting animation of Titan’s tragic voyage into the deep, therefore, stands as a haunting testimony to the grim reality of the underwater expedition. The gripping visualization underscores the stark power of the ocean, juxtaposed with the vulnerability of human endeavor. Amid the controversy and debate, the video serves as a chilling reminder of the caution and respect the ocean depths demand. As it continues to grip millions globally, it pays a silent, yet powerful tribute to the five lives lost, their courage immortalized in each view, each share, and each discussion sparked by this unforgettable animation.