Plane in the lagoon at Orona

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Re: Plane in the lagoon at Orona

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The SOI research vessel Falkor has a HQ60 UAV on board. It can be launched from the ship's deck. I wrote to the SOI and suggested the HQ60 be used to take photos at the Electra location: W 172.1575 S 04.4986 in the Orona lagoon. With good surface conditions, a bettor image might be obtained. The Falkor will be doing biological research and not marine archaeology. But SOI might share that confirmation if they get a good image. That would be a feather in the cap of SOI and L3 Technologies- the UAV manufacturer. They haven't answered back. The ship is approaching Honolulu and will begin the Phoenix Islands 2021 expedition in June.
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The SOI research vessel Falkor has departed Honolulu to start the Phoenix Islands expedition.
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SOI Falkor is at work with biological survey at depth about five hundred miles north of Orona. Interested viewers can follow the Falkor and the ROV dives with live video https://schmidtocean.org/rv-falkor/stat ... avigation/. The location map is annotated with the 157 line that is noted in the last radio transmission from the missing flyers. It will be interesting to see if Falkor follows along the 157 line in the course of the biological survey.
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