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Everett company to build submersibles to go below Titanic depths | GeekWire

Everett-based OceanGate is building two submersibles that can take crews nearly 4 miles beneath the surface of the ocean.
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OceanGate’s Titan submersible is designed to withstand pressures at Titanic depths.

Editor's note: The video above was originally published in March 2018.

Everett, Washington-based OceanGate said it’ll build not just one, but two deep-sea submersibles capable of taking crews as far down as 6,000 meters (3.7 miles) beneath the ocean surface, into a zone of perpetual darkness.

The vessels will take advantage of the same carbon-fiber and titanium design that was pioneered for OceanGate’s Titan submersible, which was built for exploration of the Titanic shipwreck site, nearly 4,000 meters (2.4 miles) down.

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Interest in the Titanic trips, which are due to begin next summer, is one of the factors behind the planned expansion of OceanGate’s fleet.

“Increasing demand for Titanic missions, deep-sea research and environmental supervision of deep-sea mining have further reinforced the business case for adding to our dive capacity,” OceanGate CEO Stockton Rush said in a news release.

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