I am staying with a mate of mine in Tasmania who is a pilot and when we went to the airport at Launceston a few days ago I saw this plane sitting there. I think it's the same one that people photographed over the Kaikoura coast just after the quake. What it's supposed to be is a laser technology that determines the depth of the sea-bed, used for mapping. Not for searching for minerals or hydro-carbons. Of course, who knows what all COULD be on there as it's operated by the Australian Navy. But at least this makes its presence there understandable as my guess is that they were using it to map changes in the seabed after the quake?
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