Underwater Drones With Sonar to Lead New Phase in Search for MH370

Underwater drones equipped with side-scan sonar equipment are about to join the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, as the hunt for the missing plane prepares to enter its third month.

The new drones are expected to hit the water in one or two months, according to CNN. The Bluefin-21, a different type of underwater drone, has been scanning the ocean floor since last month for debris that might have come from the plane, and will continue to do so over the next month. However, the search now requires devices that are capable of diving further than the Bluefin-21’s 2.8-mile limit, CNN reported.

The Bluefin-21 is 21 inches in diameter, 16 feet long and weighs about 1,650 pounds. It used sonar to scan about 154 square miles of underwater terrain at a cost of around $40,000 per day. So far, it’s found nothing.

In addition to finding pieces of Flight 370, the new drones will be tasked with widening the search area, and mapping swaths of the ocean floor that have never before been mapped, according to NBC. … (Read more)


Source: Mashable.com