OCEAN INFINITY: UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF THE LOST MH370
Ocean Infinity, the technology company specializing in collecting high resolution geophysical seabed data based in Houston, confirms that its proposal to continue the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 has been accepted by the Government of Malaysia.
Ocean Infinity’s search will focus initially on the zone identified by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. The vessel, Seabed Constructor, is now close to the search area, which will enable work to commence imminently. The project is expected to last for 90 days.
Ocean Infinity will take on the economic risk of the renewed search, only receiving payment if the aircraft wreckage is located.
Ocean Infinity can use up to eight Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), capable of operating in water depths from 5 meters to 6,000 meters. The AUVs are “free flying”, which means they will not be tethered to the offshore vessel during operations. The ability to operate untethered independent missions allows the AUVs to go deeper and collect higher quality data, making this technology ideal for the search.
The AUVs will be equipped with side scan sonar, multi-beam echosounder, sub-bottom profiler, HD camera, conductivity/temperature/depth sensor, self-compensating magnetometer, synthetic aperture sonar and a turbidity sensor.
The search would first concentrate on areas identified by Australian authorities and scientists as the most likely. But if it is not found there it will be possible to divert the Seabed Constructor to another target zone preferred by international airline captains Byron Bailey and Simon Hardy, who believe a rogue pilot hijacked his own aircraft and flew it to the end, ditching it.
MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 on a scheduled flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, mainly Chinese nationals. Radio contact ended about 40 minutes into the flight, when the aircraft turned around and headed back over Malaysia to the Andaman Sea, then on a long track south, with its radar transponder turned off. (Source: Ocean Infinity, The Australian – Image: Ocean Infinity AUV’s)
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