visits to the infamous ship through OceanGate Expeditions, which recently announced new mission crews for a North Atlantic trip on social media.The Coast Guard says there are five people on board, consisting of one crew member and 4 "mission specialists." They are currently conducting an air search for the vehicle, as it is designed to surface automatically if there are technical issues.Research scientists have mapped the Titanic in its entirety as part of the largest underwater 3D capture project ever.OceanGate announced on Twitter earlier in June that it was relying on Elon Musk's Starlink to provide internet and communications connection during the expedition.
It is not clear whether communications played any role in the submersible going missing.SPACEX LIMITS UKRAINE'S MILITARY USE OF STARLINK SATELLITE BUSINESSOceanGate charges tourists $250,000 for a spot on their expeditions to the Titanic wreckage.
The company has yet to comment on the disappearance, and it could not immediately be contacted due to a surge of internet traffic crashing the company's website on Monday.The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, after hitting an iceberg on its maiden voyage from England to New York City.Monday's incident comes months after the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) released never-before-seen footage of the Titanic's wreckage in February.
The haunting video was captured in 1986, when the WHOI made 11 dives nearly 12,500 feet below the ocean's surface to explore the wreckage. 26-YEAR-OLD TITANIC MYSTERY FINALLY SOLVED BY DIVERSAlvin, a three-person submersible, was used to take humans down to the wreck for the first time, while a remotely operated vehicle dubbed Jason Jr.