Skip to comments.Crowdsourcing used to search satellite images for missing Malaysia Airlines plane
Posted on 03/14/2014 6:44:58 PM PDT by doug from upland
As the mystery of what happened to missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 deepens, people from all around the world are eager to help. Crowdsourcing website Tomnod.com, run by DigitalGlobe Inc., is asking its users to comb through thousands of miles of satellite imagery in search of clues that could be of use to search and rescue teams.
Shay Har-Noy, director of product development at DigitalGlobe, said they have millions of people using their website to look for anything out of place. More than two million people have donated their time thus far, flagging 645,000 features on images that look unusual.
According to a report from Bloomberg, the site operates five high-resolution satellites orbiting the globe which can define images as small as a briefcase. Tomnod now has imagery online that covers 24,000 square kilometers (9,300 square miles) and at times, traffic surges have caused the site to go offline.
John McGraw, founder of John McGraw Aerospace Consulting, pointed out that having that many people involved in the search is a force multiplier. He added that none of the government agencies would be able to bring that many people to bear.
Flight 370 disappeared from radar on the morning of March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The aircraft had 239 people aboard and despite the efforts of a dozen countries, its whereabouts still remain a mystery.
I’ve already flagged a few anamolies, but it’s definitely like finding a needle in a haystack, or maybe even just the tip of a needle.
A percentage of the images are obscured by heavy clouds. Not a clean slate.
Pulau We, Sabang, SBC. An airport.
On an Island off the coast of Banda Aceh.
Maria Schivo is getting annoying. You get the sense we could have the last transmission as gunshots and shouts of ‘Allah Akbar!’, and she’d still say it was a catastrophic mechanical failure.
I got this one figured out:
777`s are gun-free zones, jusr like schools.
Everyone`s a sitting duck-
Better to go out armed in a blaze of glory than a being bunch of sticked pigs coz they`re gonna kill you anyway
I’m thinking, like you that it makes the most sense to find the airplane somewhere in Indonesia. The flight deviations may have been to divert attention away from the closeness of the end landing spot. I should go study the islands of Indonesia which have landing strips long enough to accomodate this airplane.
The only thing I can remember about the name Banda Aceh is some involvement in that big tsunami a few years ago. Militantly Islamic?
In all seriousness, with all of the disinformation, false leads and media circus, someone has hostages and an airplane somewhere.
We just don't want to tip our hand on a hostage negotiation or rescue operation.
Better be looking up North around Afghanistan and Kazakhstan.
Anyone notice that satellite images get updated once every few years? This is the case unless you can tap into military or alphabet agency assets.
Please, let me know what you find.