22 April 2011

BRASIL/ FRANCE: New Technologies To Recover Air France Wreckage.


   Earlier this month, wreckage of  an Air France Airbus was finally discovered in 3,900 meters/12,800 feet under the Atlantic off Brasil's coast near Natal...after many searches.
   Because of the extreme depths, retrieval is difficult.
   At that depth, the sea is black...with temperatures near freezing.. and water pressure equal to the weight of a car...on a postage stamp.
   Alcatel-Lucent will provide a 140-meter ship that normally lays deep-sea cables.
   One “Remora” robotic submarine/ROV, equipped with high-resolution cameras and two manipulator arms, will attempt to recover 200 kilograms/440 pounds of debris in a single dive.