In the icy immensity of the Atlantic, five people are waiting for a rescue that now seems more impossible. The last hope is Victor 6000, an underwater robot designed in France.
This unmanned hero is capable of diving deeper than any other instrument currently on the research site. He can reach the remains of the Titanic, which lie at a depth of about 3.800 meters, remotely controlled by a team of 25 people on the surface.
I don't want to hide what I think from you: I hope with all my heart for a happy ending, but I don't have the slightest illusion that things will end well. And I've never had it, because this story of the Titan has seemed desperate from the beginning.
The small tourist submarine, operated by OceanGate Expeditions, went missing on Sunday during what was supposed to be an eight-hour trip to visit the famed Titanic wreck. The oxygen on board could last about 96 hours. It seemed enough: now it's practically finished.
Among the passengers of the submarine who went on a "Titanic trip" there are stockton rush, the same CEO of OceanGate Expeditions, the British billionaire and adventurer Hamish Harding, the Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son Suleman, and the French explorer Paul Henry Nargeolet. For them, and for all of us, we hope that Victor 6000 succeeds in his mission.
What can Victor 6000 do?
Olivier Lefort, head of naval operations at Ifremer, the French ocean research institute which operates Victor 6000, said that although the robot lacks the strength to bring the 10-ton submarine to the surface, it might be able to free it if it became trapped on the ocean floor.
Victor 6000 has just started its work: armed with powerful video exploration tools and manipulative arms, the robot is ready for anything.
The Curse of the Titanic
Once again in the middle of the Atlantic the name of the Titanic is linked to a story of hope and despair. Victor 6000 sails to save lives. A robot as the last bastion between hope and disaster. It is not a science fiction film, but the reality that sometimes surpasses the imagination.
And that reminds us how technology, if used correctly, can be a real guardian angel. Short time left. Let's hope so.