The sonar screen displayed images of the sea floor as a dozen participants from U.S. and partner nations looked on.
Every year, Black Laser Learning Inc. (BLL) conducts a comprehensive side scan sonar course as part of a six-month training program given by the U.S. Navy for U.S. and foreign navy hydrographers. The program, called International Hydrographic Management and Engineering Program (IHMEP), certifies participants through practical training and various marine science and associated curricula.
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October 1, 2014 - US Naval Academy oceanography specialists will get an intensive first-hand look into the scientific and technological advances in technology which allowed Jeff Bezos’s team to recover Apollo F1 rocket motors from over 14,000 fsw. Operations Manager Vince Capone, a 30+-year marine scientist who worked on the 2013 Apollo F-1 Engine recovery expedition will be giving an in-depth animated presentation on November 6.
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Vince Capone was a featured guest on Cnn's Erin Burnett Out Front April 17, 2014. The topic of the segment was the continued search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight #370. With faint signals having been received from the missing airliner's black boxes, the technology of the search has switched to side-scan sonar. Vince provided valuable insights into that technology and his expectations on how the search would proceed.
Last year a very complex technical underwater expedition resulted in the recovery of an Apollo F-1 engine from the Apollo 11 mission, the first landing of man on the moon on July 20, 1969. The 30-day recovery operation took place near the Bermuda Triangle, on one of the most advanced deepwater salvage ships equipped with the latest dynamic positioning technology.
The technology required to recover the Apollo artifacts from almost three miles beneath the sea parallels the technology used to place man on the moon; one mission was realized in outter space, while the other incredible challenge was conquered in inner space.
All of this amazing technology enabled the recovery team to work at a depth of 14,000 feet of sea water, exploring several debris fields until they recovered the F-1 engine, part of the Saturn S-IC rocket that propelled Apollo 11 into space, now undergoing conservation at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Artifacts from several other Apollo space missions were also recovered.
On March 15th, the recovery team will be presented with the prestigious Explorer's Club Citation of Merit Award for their outstanding feat of exploration.
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