Titanic Live


Dr. Robert Ballard (NPR) discovered the Titanic 20 years ago. Today he is some 12,000 feet (3,658 m) above the Titanic, in the Atlantic Ocean aboard the Research Vessel Ron Brown. Webcasting live.

“It’s very majestic,” Ballard tells National Public Radio. “But over the years the Titanic has been damaged — by submarines that have visited the site, by the removal of artifacts and by natural erosion”.

The Expedition, a joint venture of the Mystic Aquarium, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other partners is streaming live MPEG-4 video over the Internet and Internet2 at www.ExploreTheSea.com, 24 hours a day from May 30 through June 9th.

As the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Hercules navigates the wreck of the Titanic, it will be encoded with a VBrick appliance and uplinked live via a satellite by EDS which has more details on the network. A VBrick appliance residing at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration then simultaneously encodes the video into DVD-quality MPEG-2 video and the lower bandwidth MPEG-4 video suitable for the Internet.

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