PortandTerminal.com, April 27, 2019
Stockton Rush is the CEO and Chief Pilot at OceanGate, the company that will be taking paying passengers in a small submarine to visit the Titanic shipwreck starting this June. It will be the first manned mission to the historic site since 2005.
In the run-up to the first Titanic trip, OceanGate announced this week that it has broken a deep-sea diving record by taking a crew of four to almost 4,000 meters off of the coast of Bermuda.
The dive crew spent an hour capturing 4K images and testing the 2G Robotics underwater laser scanner while conducting a survey of the ocean floor. The images, video and data captured will be used as real-world calibration for the Titanic Survey Expedition that OceanGate Expeditions has planned for June through August this year.
The 2019 Titanic Survey Expedition is nearly fully booked with only a few remaining spaces available. The company is accepting applications for 2020. If you are interested, a ticket on the sub costs $105,129, the inflation-adjusted cost of first-class passage on the Titanic in 1912.
OceanGate is a privately funded company that is targetting the adventure travel market, which Rush estimates is $275 billion a year.
Who is Stockton Rush?
If Stockton Rush already reminds you a bit of James Cameron or Richard Branson then you’re close to the mark. Rush is a Princeton trained scientist, inventor and entrepreneur with an MBA from Berkeley.
He began his career early, becoming the youngest jet transport rated pilot in the world when he obtained his DC-8 Type/Captain’s rating at the United Airlines Jet Training Institute in 1981 at the age of 19. He proceeded to serve as a DC-8 first officer during college summers, flying out of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for Overseas National Airways under a subcontract from Saudi Arabian Airlines.
If Stockton Rush reminds you a bit of James Cameron or Richard Branson then you’re close to the mark.
In 1984, Rush joined the McDonnell Douglas Corporation as a Flight Test Engineer on the F-15 program. Over the past 20 years, Rush has overseen the development of multiple successful IP ventures. He most recently served on the Board of Directors for Seattle’s BlueView Technologies, a manufacturer of small, high-frequency sonar systems.
He obtained his BSE in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1984, and his MBA from the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business in 1989. Stockton is 57 years old and lives in Seattle, Washington.
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