OceanServer Technology, a leader in next generation Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) technology, recently loaned an Iver2 AUV outfitted with side scan sonar to the The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (acronym TIGHAR, pronounced "tiger"), the world's leading aviation archaeological foundation.
The TIGHAR foundation has organized several trips to Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati based on the hypothesis that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan landed and eventually died on this remote Pacific island. The Iver2 vehicle was operated by Seabotix, a worldwide leader in small ROVs, to sweep large areas of the Nikumaroro Lagoon and collect Side Scan Sonar images. The AUV sonar data was used to identify geo-referenced targets of interest that could then be further investigated by an ROV.
For further information on the The Earhart Project visit the TIGHAR website: http://tighar.org.