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Survey Vessel Joins Hunt for Lost F-35

.S. Navy salvage crew will arrive aboard a commercial dive support and construction vessel, the DSCV Van Gogh, to help search an area of about 5,000 square nautical miles (17,150 square km), the U.S. Seventh Fleet said in a release.Japanese coastguard vessels are warning other ships to keep out of the search area, which is within international waters, the air force spokesman said."There is always a concern I think if you put one of your most advanced technological pieces of gear, lose it like this F-35, that someone could go get it," a senior U.S. Navy official said at a background briefing this

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Ocean Infinity Searches for Lost S.Korean Ship

/ depth sensor, a self-compensating magnetometer, a synthetic aperture sonar and a turbidity sensor.Oliver Plunkett, Ocean Infinity’s CEO, said: “The team and equipment are set to execute the Stellar Daisy search plan and we are pleased that our ship begins her journey today to the search area, in one of the most remote areas of the South Atlantic.  We are working closely with the Government of South Korea, and in turn with the families of the lost crew.""We are pleased to confirm that as with our previous projects both the Government and the families are represented

Ocean Infinity’s AUVs being prepared to autonomously map the ocean floor, aboard Seabed Constructor (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Ocean Infinity Donates Data to Seabed Mapping Project

;Our deep water search for MH370 demonstrated the most rapid collection of high-resolution sonar data in history, and we are thrilled on World Hydrography Day to announce our donation to such a pioneering initiative,” said Oliver Plunkett, CEO of Ocean Infinity.The AUVs were transported to the search area by the research vessel, Seabed Constructor, and each houses industry-leading technology including a multibeam echosounder, sub-bottom profiler, HD camera and a wide array of sensors. “We are very proud to be supporting the Seabed 2030 initiative, which is leading the effort to collect

Ocean surface currents around the world. (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio)

The Evolution of Ocean Models

. According to Durgadoo, “while it is impossible to pinpoint an exact location, we found that the origin of the flaperon is likely to be to the west rather than southwest of Australia. More importantly, based on our analysis, the chance that the flaperon started its journey from the priority search area is less than 1.3 percent.”   The team had used their model to conclude that search efforts along the priority zone were highly unlikely to achieve success in finding the aircraft. Indeed, with the plane still missing today, the fate of flight MH370 remains a mystery.   [Editor&rsquo

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Malaysia to Pay up to $70 Mln if MH370 is Found

Liow Tiong Lai said a Houston-based private firm, Ocean Infinity, would search for MH370 in that 25,000-sq-km priority area on a “no-cure, no-fee” basis, meaning it will only get paid if it finds the plane.   “As we speak, the vessel, Seabed Constructor, is on her way to the search area, taking advantage of favorable weather conditions in the South Indian ocean,” Liow told a news conference.   The search will begin on Jan. 17, said Ocean Infinity Chief Executive Oliver Plunkett, who attended the signing event.   Ocean Infinity will be paid $20 million if the

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US Firm Gets Go-ahead to Resume MH370 Search

find the plane. A government spokesman declined to confirm that an email had been sent to families but said more details on the deal would be forthcoming. Ocean Infinity did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The company said on Wednesday it had moved a vessel closer to a possible search area. The vessel left Durban, South Africa, on Tuesday and was headed to Perth, Australia, Reuters shipping data showed. Investigators believe someone may have deliberately switched off the transponder of the Boeing 777 before diverting it over the Indian Ocean. Several pieces of aircraft debris

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US Firm Expects MH370 Search Contract Soon

U.S.-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity on Wednesday said it was moving a vessel closer to a possible search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as it soon expects to be awarded a contract by Malaysia to resume the search. The disappearance of the aircraft en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people aboard ranks among the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200-million ($156.62 million) search in January last year. But in October, Malaysia said it was in talks with Ocean Infinity to resume the

Australia’s first Navy submarine HMAS AE1 went missing more than 100 years ago off of what is now Papua New Guinea. To this day its location remains unknown. (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Joins Hunt for Long-lost WWI Sub

to find the missing HMAS AE1 submarine and its crew, Dutch geosciences company Fugro said its personnel on board survey vessel Fugro Equator will use a state-of-the-art multibeam echosounder to conduct a bathymetric survey and a sophisticated autonomous underwater vehicle for close examination of the search area.   The expedition will be led by the not-for-profit-company Find AE1 Ltd, with support from Fugro, the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Submarine Institute of Australia. Another not-for-profit organization, Silentworld Foundation, which focuses on Australasian maritime archaeology

An image shot from a ROV shows a spare parts box from USS Indianapolis on the floor of the Pacific Ocean in more than 16,000 feet of water. (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

The Quest to Find and Explore USS Indianapolis

to explore 6,000 meters below the ocean’s surface.   For the Indianapolis search, the Vulcan team conducted a significant amount of research, leveraging a combination of historical records, detailed undersea topographical data and advanced technology to explore a 400 square nautical mile search area between Guam and Palau in the Philippine Sea. A key data point came from a discovery by Dr. Richard Hulver, a historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command, who identified a naval landing craft that had recorded sighting the USS Indianapolis hours before it was torpedoed. All this research

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