Deep sea specialist Magellan Ltd. has conducted the largest underwater 3D scan of the Titanic’s wreck to date, uncovering new details that will allow scientists to build a more accurate picture of what happened when the ship sank in 1912. The scan was conducted during a six-week expedition using two submersibles and generated over 16 TB of data, including more than 715,000 images and 4K video. The final photorealistic 3D model may contain details down to the serial number on the propeller. Footage of the project was released by Atlantic Productions, the project’s media and film partner.
Parks Stephenson, a Titanic expert, said the data will provide engineers with insights into the true mechanisms behind the Titanic’s breakup and sinking. The “highly accurate” 3D model will enable researchers to see the whole wreck for the first time, while the scan paid tribute to the approximately 1,500 people who lost their lives in the disaster with a flower laying ceremony, Magellan said. The project came just months after over an hour of new footage taken a few months after the wreck was discovered in 1985 was first released.
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