June 27, 2012

Earhart Search To Resume in July


The search continues to find the location of Amelia Earhart's plane after finding an old photograph of Nikumaroro Island in the Republic of Kiribati with something "suspicious-looking" in the water. PIH's autonomous Bluefin Robotics 21 will be searching in the area by means of multi-beam sonar. A second dive will involve black and white photography with the team collecting data, replacing batteries and reprogramming when needed.

Finally, a TRV 005 robot with manipulating arms made by Submersible Systems will try for close-up views with a high-def video camera to be controlled by a human on the surface ship. The project is being funded by TIGHAR's (International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery) after raising almost $2.2 million from various sources, including the U.S. State Department and private companies. They believe that Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan may have landed on a reef of a coral atoll. FedEx even got into the act by helping deliver bots and equipment to the area.

The expedition will begin July 2 from Honolulu when the Hawaiian research vessel Ka'Imikai-o-Kanaloa departs. The date marks the 75th anniversary of Earhart's disappearance. You can help the project out by donating and/or purchasing collectibles from TIGHAR before it begins.


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Posted by Sheila Franklin at June 27, 2012 11:54 AM
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