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Torpedo-shaped robot joins search for missing Malaysian flight

Sharon Gaudin | April 10, 2014
The Bluefin-21, an autonomous swimming robot, will be dropped 2.5 miles below ocean surface for the hunt

The robot carries multiple payloads, batteries, cameras and sensors. It also uses GPS and has a 4GB flash drive for onboard data storage.

The Bluefin-21 uses sonar and an echosounder to detect either wreckage or even signs of an anchor or airplane parts that might have dragged across the ocean floor.

According to Bluefin, the robot comes with a Windows-based tool suite that handles vehicle testing, mission planning, vehicle communications, mission monitoring and execution, data management, and post-mission analysis.

The autonomous robot, Bluefin-21, will be used to search for the missing Malaysian Flight 370 once the search area is narrowed.

Bluefin-21
The autonomous robot, Bluefin-21, will be used to search for the missing Malaysian Flight 370 once the search area is narrowed.

 

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