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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Black Laser Learning, Inc. recently provided the Memorial Fire Station 89 Rescue department of Milford, Delaware, with training on the EdgeTech 4125 towed sonar system. The first day of the two-day training focused on understanding and interpreting the sonar image with instruction on set up and operating the EdgeTech sonar with the Discover Software later in the day. Day two, which will provide field OPS instruction, is yet to be determined as bad weather forced its cancellation.
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Summer, 2014This past summer, Vince Capone of Black Laser Learning lead a group of summer interns on how to operate side scan sonar technology during a mapping project on the famous RJ Walker shipwreck. The students learned the art of advanced sonar image interpretation on the 1860 wreck, an iron-hulled, steam-powered U.S. Coastal Survey ship that had collided with another ship during a storm along the New Jersey coast,producing a commercial-worthy diagram of the wreck that divers were able to use in their field survey: