June 27, 2012

Earhart Search To Resume in July

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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.

Via TIGHAR

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