HR 4796B, a red dwarf star that forms a binary system with HR 4796A, could have influenced the outer debris field
, which is far from uniform in shape.
The debris field
of very fine dust was likely created from collisions among developing infant planets near the star, evidenced by a bright ring of dusty debris seen 7 billion miles from the star.
Teams have completed initial searches of the entire debris field
and are about a quarter of the way through a more intensive follow-up search of the zone, Anderson said.
According to the reports, Ocean Infinity will command a fee of 20 million dollars, if the debris field
(scattered remains of the plane at the bottom of the ocean), cockpit voice recorder or flight recorder are discovered within the first 5,000 sq km.
In the coming weeks, the team will return to the site with a side-scan sonar and remote operated vehicle to map the debris field
and attach heavy lines for lifting the aircraft to the surface, the statement said.
A debris field
with a smoother surface is olderbecause erosion and weather dull rough edges over time.
A burned propane tank also was in the fire's debris field
, he said.
According to a statement released by DOS, the company is contracted to assist in the process of extracting the black boxes with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) deployed on the debris field
3,000 metres deep.
She added: "It would be unusual for one just to go down with that amount of debris field
The debris field
spanned more than 7 miles off the coast, the Coast Guard said.
Late on Sunday the Coast Guard tweeted that the debris field
covered 225 square miles, and included styrofoam, wood, cargo and other items.
The shower happens when the Earth moves into the debris field
of the comet, Swift-Tuttle.
Since receiving its initial exemption, Donan has used the technology to provide aerial photographs as part of an explosion investigation that analyzes damage and identifies the scope of the debris field
Ahead of an visit by French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the crash area on Wednesday, helicopters surveying the scattered debris field
resumed their operations.
The wreck of the Musashi, partially buried and scattered over a large debris field
, is also the presumed graveyard of some of the more than 1,000 crew members killed in the battle.