Two search ships have left the city of Recife, Brazil and are on their way to the location of the third search for debris and flight and data recorders of Air France flight 447.
Flight 447 crashed in the Atlantic last on June 1 while traveling from Brazil to France, killing all 228 on board.
The two search ships, a U.S. and Norwegian, left Recife on Monday and are expected travel for 2 days before reaching the search zone.
This new search will last approximately 30 days and will use sonar equipped robot submarines and sonar machines dragged on cables underwater to search an area over 770-square miles.
The Autonomous undersea vehicles will be operated from the Norwegian ship, the M/V Seabed Worker, which will also be equipped with the Triton XLX remotely operated vehicle. The M/V Anne Candies, a ship out of New Orleans, will be used to tow the side scan sonar Orion and the CURV21 ROV, which will both be operated for the U.S. Navy by Phoenix International.
The autonomous underwater vehicles used in this search are designed and operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institue in Massachusetts. They are called REMUS 6000 and have incredible capabilities.
The vehicles can operate in depths up to 19,685 feet or 3.73 miles (6000 meters) and can remain submerged for up to 20 hours at a time, and the are estimated to scan about 30 square miles per day.
Last week, BEA head Jean-Paul Troadec said that there was a good chance of finding the wreckage of flight 447.
Locating the flight data and voice recorders is crucial to solving the mystery of flight 447.
Photo: Mike Purcell, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution