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This Submersible has Gull Wings

Triton Submarines introduces the Triton 13000/2 TE, or Titanic Explorer.

March 16, 2021
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Triton 13000/2 Titanic Explorer
Triton’s Titanic Explorer sports a new gull-wing design. The builder says the submarine can dive down to 13,000 feet. Courtesy Triton Subs

Triton Submarines has introduced the Triton 13000/2 TE, or Titanic Explorer. The company says it’s the deepest-diving acrylic pressure-hulled manned submersible ever produced—and has gull wings.

Able to dive to about 13,000 feet beneath the water’s surface, the Triton 13000/2 TE is designed for deep-ocean exploration and marine-life research.

The gull wings can be retracted for streamlined ascent and descent, or for maneuvering in tight spaces. When the gull wings are extended, they serve as a platform for lighting, cameras or scientific observation.

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“When we started thinking about the design of the Triton Titanic Explorer, we knew the unique visual capability of being the deepest diving acrylic hulled sub would need to be countered by the darkness at depth,” Triton Principal Design Engineer John Ramsay stated in a press release. “What’s the point of going down if you can’t see anything when you get there? So, we developed the gull wings to counter just that. They are equipped with lighting and cameras so you can essentially light your subject from one angle while shooting from the other, and even adjust the position of the wings for dexterity, control and maneuverability. It’s a remarkable advancement, particularly for filmmakers, researchers or scientists who are using the vehicle.”

The Triton 13000/2 TE also has a Silent Glide feature that can be used during video filming. According to the company, it “ensures that delicate species or free-floating objects remain undisturbed.”

See-through styling: According to Triton, the acrylic separating occupants of the submersible from the ocean becomes virtually invisible once immersed, providing panoramic views with zero distortion.

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For more information, visit: tritonsubs.com

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