Seventy-five years later, robots will be deployed to aid the search for Amelia Earhart’s plane. The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery hypothesizes that Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan landed on Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribatibefore, before waves washed the aircraft over the reef’s edge. The expedition has plans to deploy a ship sonar and two robot submersibles to search the slope of the underwater reef for any aircraft parts, according to MSNBC.
The expedition is scheduled to set out July 2nd, the 75th anniversary of Earhart’s disappearance. The robots are able to search with sonar and check out sonar targets with high-definition video down to a depth of 3,300 feet, as well as taking black-and-white photos down to a depth of nearly 5,000 feet.