In order to search for Amelia Earhart and to test our theory, stratus intends to conduct a deep-sea search in the vicinity of Howland Island.

The Expedition

Stratus intend to conduct our Amelia Earhart search in the vicinity of Howland Island where the water depths of the Pacific Ocean reach depths of 18,000ft (6000m). Searching for Amelia Earhart in such depths efficiently will require a full ocean depth autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) . An AUV operates without a human crew or cables connecting it to the vessel and it can remain underwater for over 20hours, using sonar to locate targets on the seabed. It can be used to record critical oceanographic data, photo-imaging deep-sea features, and producing detailed sonar maps of the ocean floor using side-scan sonar.

There have been four deep sea expeditions to date that have searched for Earhart in the vicinity of Howland Island. The first three used a towed sonar but in 2009 the Waitt Institute for Discovery used cutting edge technology, scanning around 2,000 square miles of sea floor to the west of Howland Island using 2 Remus 6000 AUVS. The Remus is very much at the forefront of deep sea technology and its sonar was able to pick up pipes and an oil drum thousands of metres down in the Waitt Amelia Earhart search. Stratus want to use the best technology available in order to be sure that the Electra could not be missed if the area that its in is scanned, and the Remus 6000 is but one of the vehicles that would be ideal for a search of this nature.

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Remus 6000 AUV used by The Waitt Institute for their 2009 Earhart search.

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Recent accolades of the Remus 6000 AUV include the discovery of the Air France wreck in 2011

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2 Remus’ were also used to create the most complete map of the Titanic wreckage to date in 2012