TRITON 36000/2 FULL OCEAN DEPTH

The world’s first and only submersible certified “Depth: Unlimited”

TRITON 33000/2 - Full Ocean Depth certified submersible

The TRITON 36000/2 is the world’s first and only manned submersible that is certified to full ocean depth. It opens up to repeatable exploration the 70% of the world’s oceans hitherto beyond the reach of mankind.

Equipped with a full science suite and ultra-high definition filming capabilities, the TRITON 36000/2 is helping scientists and explorers uncover the mysteries of the most unexplored region on Earth – the ultra-deep.

Reliable and repeatable exploration to full ocean depth affords scientists the opportunity to compare rich data-sets spanning the full gradients of depth, temperature, salinity and other factors.

In 2019, Victor Vescovo became the first person to reach the deepest point in all five oceans using his TRITON 36000/2. The ground-breaking Five Deeps Expedition provided the ultimate validation, and final certification, for the world’s only Full Ocean Depth submersible.

Triton 33000/2 launches in Southern Ocean. Richard Varcoe
Triton employee Tim on top of the Triton 33000/2 as she dives in the sunset. Reeve Jolliffe.
Triton 33000/2 diving. Nick Verola.

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“POSSIBLY THE MOST IMPRESSIVE TOOL FOR HUMAN EXPLORATION AND SCIENTIFIC ENDEAVOUR SINCE APOLLO 11”

Rob McCallum, EYOS Expeditions

The Challenge

The Drive

In order to protect our oceans, we must first understand them. We cannot begin to understand our oceans through observation of the relative shallows alone.

The key to understanding their global impact lies in the gathering, interrogation and interpretation of quality, scientific data.

Previous Dives

Only two manned submersibles have previously dived to Challenger Deep – the deepest point on earth. Both vessels have since been retired having performed a single full ocean depth dive each.

The challenge presented to Triton was to build a craft that would match these fore-bearers for depth, but be able to repeat the dive hundreds, if not thousands, of times.

Utility

Such a vessel must serve a meaningful purpose; to exist not simply to set records, but to further human understanding through serious scientific research and to inspire a passion for our oceans.

Previous vessels were designed with passenger comfort as a secondary consideration to the engineering which made it possible. Such a Triton must be comfortable on long missions, offer economic operation and carry multiple passengers to share the experience, and workload.

Certification

As one of our founding principles – and a feature of every Triton we have ever built – we would not compromise on having our design and build scrutinised by a third-party Classification Society. No other full ocean depth submersible has ever been certified.

The challenge to create the ultimate, reusable, full ocean depth, certified, meaningful science platform is one only Triton Submarines could achieve.

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Diving Calypso Deep – The Deepest Point in the Mediterranean

His Royal Highness, Prince Albert of Monaco dives to the deepest point in the Mediterranean with Victor Vescovo. Their dive drew attention to the growing effect of human activity on these precious ecosystems.

ENGINEERED TO THE EXTREME

The TRITON 36000/2 is an engineering tour de force.

It is designed for absolute reliability and dependability in the world’s most extreme environment.

Dive Depth

11,000 M

36,000 ft

Pressure Test

14,000 M

45,931 ft

Crew Compartment Hull Thickness

90 mm / 3.54 in

Titanium Alloy

In-air Weight

12,500 kg

27,558 lbs

Capacity

2 PERSONS

Pilot + 1

Endurance

16 Hours

+ 96hrs Emergency Life Support

Dive Depth

11,000 M

36,000 ft

In-air Weight

12,500 kg

27,558 lbs

Pressure Test

14,000 M

45,931 ft

Capacity

2 PERSONS

Pilot + 1

Crew Compartment Hull Thickness

90 mm / 3.54 in

Titanium Alloy

Endurance

96 Hours

+ 106hrs Emergency Life Support

KEY FEATURES

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Titanium Pressure Hull
The defining feature of Limiting Factor is the 90mm thick pressure hull. Having been machined to within 99.933% of true spherical form, it is testament to the precision engineering required to develop a certified, resuable, full ocean depth submersible.

Precision Manufacturing

The TRITON 36000/2 has been manufactured to tolerances no other submersible can match. In many cases we needed to re-think our technologies and invent completely new manufacturing processes.

The Titanium pressure hull, for example, is machined to within 99.933% perfect circularity – the most precise titanium sphere ever developed.

Absolute Quality Control

The absolute performance of every component, quality controlled beyond anything before it, made the TRITON 36000/2 possible. For many components, just a single supplier had been able to demonstrate their capability of producing parts to the quality and tolerances required.

The TRITON 36000/2 is truly built of the best, by the best.

Self-Rescuing

The TRITON 36000/2 is designed to return to the surface no matter the scenario. This meant designing and engineering multiple, fully-redundant systems that can be relied upon absolutely. This dedication to minute detail, to absolute quality, and to test after test after test, is why Triton, with the support of its exclusive partners, is the only manufacturer capable of producing such an extremely capable submersible.

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Forging the world’s most precise titanium sphere

We are as proud of our incredibly-precise titanium sphere as we are our premium acrylic hulls. Both have been engineered by the world’s most talented fabricators, exclusively for Triton.

Rear of Triton 33000/2 launching in Southern Ocean near South Georgia. Richard Varcoe
Victor Vescovo piloting the Triton 33000/2
DNV-GL examines gas array arrangement
Triton Titanium Hull detail
Triton interior

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Technical Specification

General

Depth36,000 ft / 11,000m
Payload485 lb / 220+ kg
CrewPilot + 1 Pax
Speed3 kn
Endurance16+ hours
Surface Ballast75.93 cu.ft / 100 kg
Variable Ballast220 lb / 100 kg

Size & Weight

Length15 ft / 4.6 m
Width6.2 ft / 1.9 m
Height12.2 ft / 3.7 m
Weight25,700 lb / 11,700 kg
Pressure Hull Inner ⌀69.5 in / 1,766mm
Pressure Hull Thickness 59 in / 1,500 mm
Hatch Inner ⌀17.7 in / 450 mm

Systems

24v SupplyDual supply + Emergency
Main Battery65 kWh
Main Thrusters4 x 5.5 kW
Vertical Thrusters4 x 5.5 kW
Maneuvering Thrusters2 x 5.5 kW
ControlJoystick, Touchscreen & Manual Override
External Lights10 x 20,000 lumen LED
Life SupportOxygen + CO2 Scrubber

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