A SCOTTISH tech company is playing a key role in the search for Amelia Earhart’s missing aeroplane.

The famous American pilot disappeared alongside her navigator Fred Noonan while attempting to become the first woman to complete a circumnavigational flight around the world in 1937.

Investigators believe that Earhart and Noonan disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.

Now, after a 90-day mission at sea, American marine robotics firm Deep Sea Vision claim to have found Earhart’s Lockheed Electra aircraft on the ocean floor.

Specialists at Scottish company Clarus Networks Group provided low earth orbit satellite technology for the mission, allowing the team to access high-speed internet on their search vessel.

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Until now, it had not been possible to access high-speed internet so far out in the Pacific Ocean.

Deep Sea Vision has released a sonar imagery of what they believe to be Earhart’s plane, which was found using an autonomous underwater drone.

The drone, nicknamed Miss Millie, helped the company search for more than 5200 square miles of ocean, reaching depths of 6 kilometres and staying underwater for up to 36 hours.

High-speed internet allowed Deep Sea Vision’s 16-person crew to transmit and manage the sonar data collected by Miss Millie, as well as facilitating video calls back to shore.

The National: The sonar image captured by Deep Sea Vision alongside a diagram of Amelia Earhart's aircraft The sonar image captured by Deep Sea Vision alongside a diagram of Amelia Earhart's aircraft (Image: Deep Sea Vision)

Tony Romeo, the chief executive of Deep Sea Vision, said the Scottish company’s work made a “huge difference”.

He said: “Our search mission took us to one of the most remote oceans in the world, but working with Clarus we were able to maintain superfast connectivity.

“This was critical to our mission, allowing us to handle the massive amounts of data sent by our marine robotics and to Facetime with my 6-year-old daughter back home who also had plenty of exciting things to show me.

“We only made the sonar discovery at the tail end of our expedition, so having fast connectivity had a huge impact on keeping crew morale high and allowing us to communicate with support teams back on shore.

The National: A crew member prepares Miss Millie for launch A crew member prepares Miss Millie for launch (Image: Deep Sea Vision)

“We are partnering with Clarus for our future search missions, including our return to investigate the site further, hopefully bringing closure to the legacy of an aviation pioneer.”

Deep Sea Vision said they believe they are one step away from bringing closure to the mystery of Amela Earhart’s disappearance.

However, they are keeping all information, including the exact location of what they believe to be crash site, strictly confidential.

The director of maritime and energy at Clarus Networks Group, Chris Schonhut, said he was “proud” to play at part in solving the mystery.

“The enormity of Deep Sea Vision’s mission demonstrates the sheer power of advanced satellite connectivity, allowing the team to search the largest and deepest ocean as a world first,” he said.

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“By installing low earth orbit satellite internet on the search vessel, Clarus used Starlink Maritime to deliver superfast connectivity to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, halfway between Hawiaii and Australia, where it would have otherwise been impossible.

“This advanced satellite connectivity can handle the huge amounts of data produced by advanced marine robotics, as well as supporting the 16-person crew on their 3 month mission.

“We are proud to continue to support Deep Sea Vision, providing reliable and fast connectivity for their pioneering missions.”

Deep Sea Vision say the aircraft sits at a depth of around 16,400 feet.

However, while the sonar images have intrigued some archaeologists, others say it is too early to know if the image really does show Earhart’s aircraft.