Special focus: RSS Titanic

Titanic special  

A full century on, Titanic continues to resonate as a tale of hubris and disaster.

 

For a ship that sailed for only two weeks, Titanic still exerts a tenacious grip on both popular culture and technological development. The disaster has spawned countless TV documentaries and numerous movies - the latest being the $18m 3D IMAX remastering of James Cameron's 1997 blockbuster - but more importantly it led to some important positive developments around communications technology.

 

It can even be argued that advances in wireless networking as recently as the last decade have enabled us to recognise just how far-reaching Titanic's legacy in this field has been.

 

The wreck of RSS Titanic has also waited patiently through the decades for technology to catch up with the demands of diving two and a half miles down to the sea bed to map the ship.

 

Now, as the suite of technologies required to rigorously explore and map the wreck have become available, much more information about the disaster has been revealed. The arrival of GPS, GIS systems, autonomous underwater robots and the vast computing power required to stitch together terabytes of data from each exploration have aided in a better understading of the ship's fate.

 

As Titanic passes from living memory, E&T examines why it still fascinates underwater archaeologists and curious engineers alike.

 

Selected Titanic news

Space can help prevent another Titanic

Space can help prevent another Titanic

Earth observation and communication satellites would help prevent another tragedy like Titanic, the UK Space Agency says.

Historic paper describes Titanic’s state-of-the-art electrical equipment

Historic paper describes Titanic’s state-of-the-art electrical equipment

An engineer’s verdict on the SS Titanic in 1911, just a few months before its fateful voyage, has been retrieved in the run up to the 100th anniversary of its sinking in April 1912.

Selected Titanic features

The Titanic story on film

The Titanic story on film

The Titanic story has a long and illustrious history on the silver screen. Here, we look back over the first 100 years.

Titanic's legacy to communications

Titanic's legacy to communications

How advanced wireless technology saved hundreds of lives on Titanic, and informs communications to this day.

Cruise ships: is bigger, better?

Cruise ships: is bigger, better?

Nobody wants to think of the Titanic when they’re boarding their luxury cruise liner for a well-earned holiday, much less the Costa Concordia. But what manner of luxury does the modern cruise ship have to offer its passengers?

Scanning Titanic for the future

Scanning Titanic for the future

Thanks to recent advances in technology, marine archaeologists are finally able to make a full 3D map of the world's most famous shipwreck more than 25 years after its discovery.

Classic Projects: RMS Titanic

Classic Projects: RMS Titanic

A century ago in 1911 the world's largest steamship was launched. But her career was cut short when tragedy struck the following year.

The path for 3D film production

The path for 3D film production

A year after the release of 3D blockbuster 'Avatar', its wider impact on film technology is clear to see.

Deep-ocean submarines: voyage to the bottom of the sea

Deep-ocean submarines: voyage to the bottom of the sea

E&T discovers that it takes a special kind of submarine to dive seven miles beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

Robert Ballard: beam me down

One of the world's greatest living explorers, Dr Robert Ballard, talks to E&T about how remote control technology can help discover new wrecks and protect previous finds like Titanic.

Britannic: bringing it back to life

Olympic, Titanic and Britannic have all been surrounded in controversy and mystery since the day they were built, which is one of the reasons Simon Mills bought the Britannic shipwreck and plans to take people out to see it; E&T explores.

Chronology of time

Chronology of time

E&T presents our own brief history of time, explaining where it came from, what it is, and where it's going.

Saved by wireless

Marconi's invention proved its potential when it helped avert a nautical tragedy 100 years ago, E&T reports.

Hard lessons

Hard lessons

Technology historian E&T examines the causes of ten of history's worst engineering disasters and the lessons that could be learnt from them.

Disaster recovery

Disaster recovery

Seventy years on, airships are finally emerging from the shadow of the Hindenburg disaster. E&T investigates.

Exciting new-seums

A trip to the museum need never be 'boring' again since the introduction of high-tech displays and cutting-edge social networking systems, E&T discovers.

Moving pictures

Electronic displays are putting motion into outdoor advertising

From screen to monitor

From screen to monitor

The film industry is in the throes of a digital revolution which will change the way movies are shot and screened. E&T looks at whether the film-making basics hold true when the results are viewed on a mobile phone.

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