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Elon Musk breaks silence on Titanic sub that ‘used Starlink to communicate’

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Elon Musk has broken his silence on the missing Titanic submarine that five people tragically died on board, after it was reported that it used Starlink to communicate.

The OceanGate Explorations submersible 'Titan' lost communication with its mothership Polar Prince roughly one hour and 45 minutes into its descent to the Titanic wreck on Sunday (June 18).

Sadly, on Thursday (June 22) it was confirmed that all five on-board – including a British national and two British residents – were dead as the wreckage was found in two debris fields around 1,600 feet from the Titanic site.

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And Musk has now tweeted his thoughts, after what he claims was an attempt at a 'psyop' by fact-checking website Snopes.

OceanGate Expeditions had previously tweeted their appreciation for Mr Musk's Starlink service — provided through SpaceX, which was pointed out by Snopes in a tweet — which angered Musk.

They ran an article headlined 'Was the Missing Titanic Submersible Relying on Satellites from Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Communicate?'

In the article, the author wrote that 'the submersible itself was not using the technology to communicate' and concluded that the extent to which the sub's 'mothership was using Starlink to communicate remained unknown.'

Even still, Musk responded in a tweet, saying: "You can’t even run a good psyop."

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Psyop is short for 'psychological operations,' and in the context that Musk points out, is an attempt to drag his name into the negative press around the vessel's disappearance.

Snopes made clear that scientists have pointed out that the submersible could not have relied on satellite internet to communicate with the surface while it was underwater, so it is unclear why Mr Musk was rattled.

Meanwhile, the United States Coast Guard confirmed that the submarine, called Titan, suffered a “catastrophic explosion”.

In short, that means that the vessel collapsed in on itself due to high pressure from the ocean surrounding it.

It would have killed the occupants “instantly,” several experts have claimed.

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