Video Explaining How the Titan Sub Imploded Reaches 6.5M Views

A viral 3D animation that gives a detailed explanation as to what happened to Oceangate’s Titan sub has already racked up 6.5 million views.

AiTelly released their video just 12 days ago, rendering a 3D animation in 4K pointing the finger at Titan’s “experimental” design.

The narrator explains that existing submarine technology is based around steel, titanium, and aluminum; but the Titan used mostly carbon fiber.

“The properties of carbon fibers for deep-sea applications are not that well understood,” he says. “It can crack and break suddenly.”

Five people lost their lives on June 18, including Oceangate’s CEO Stockton Rush, with the debris discovered five days later 16,000 feet away from the wreck of the Titanic.

Since the incident, Rush has proven to be a controversial figure. A photographer who worked with him says he was alarmed by the boss’s “cavalier” attitude.

The animation about the Titan’s demise was created with open-source software Blender.

In it, TellyAi explains that the “explosion was caused by very high hydro-static pressure of the surrounding water” adding that it happened within a fraction of a millisecond.

“The submersible did not even reach the wreckage of the Titanic but suffered an implosion because of the weak carbon fiber hull,” the narrator says.

A 3D animation of what happened to the Titan sub.

How Titan Worked

The video explains how the Titan worked; going through its mothership, the Polar Prince, its launch pad, and how incredibly small the craft is.

Amazingly, Titan was operated via a video game pad with AiTelly calling it “probably the most basic deep dive machine you will ever see.”

The Titan never actually reached the wreckage of the Titanic because of its “weak” carbon fiber design failing before the crew got there.

The debris was recovered by an underwater drone which discovered five parts some 16,000 feet from the Titanic shipwreck.

AiTelly says that it is just two people working on the YouTube channel making its original animations from scratch in 4K, 3D animation.

The photographer who was spooked by Stockton Rush’s indifference to safety was not the only cameraman to have a tense experience with him. Jaden Pan, a camera operator, was on his way to film the Titanic with Rush when the battery went “kaput” and Rush suggested sleeping on the cramped sub.

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