Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing on last Saturday after taking off from the airport of Kuala Lumpur for Beijing with 239 people on board. 5 days have passed, but no trace of the plane have been found yet. Many volunteers have willingly joined to search the missing Malaysia airlines flight. Ships, helicopters and planes from a dozen nations are now searching for that missing Malaysian airliner.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has reported that Colorado-based DigitalGlobe – a commercial vendor of space imagery and geospatial content, and operator of civilian remote sensing spacecraft which went public on the New York Stock Exchange on 14 May 2009 – has sent two of its satellites to survey the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea, targeting areas that haven’t been covered by other satellites or where inclement weather could have hindered previous attempts. The company is also looking at the Strait of Malacca as it’s been suggested that the aircraft could have traveled far off course.
DigitalGlobe relies on government contracts and private sector clients for the majority of its revenue, but its crowdsourced crisis response efforts are free services. In the past, the company has used its technology to search for the Nina ship, which went missing off of the coast of Australia last year, and to track the Lord’s Resistance Army across the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
However, last Monday, DigitalGlobe published its first satellite images on Tomnod (due to over crowd, you may find it down), a crowdsourcing site where users help identify debris from natural disasters or other incidents. Within 24 hours, more than 500,000 unique people visited the site and according to DigitalGlobe’s senior manager Luke Barrington, 100,000 users ‘scanned’ the first images, collectively examined each pixel more than 100 times. You can also join the the site to search the missing Malaysia Airlines flight.
On the other side, many countries have already joined willingly to search the missing Malaysia airlines flight. The countries are using ships, helicopters and planes to find out the missing Malaysian airliner or to get a clue of that missing plane. The planes and ships from 12 separate nations are now searching 27,000 square miles of ocean.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang has said, “There’s too much information and confusion right now. It is very hard for us to decide whether a given piece of information is accurate. We will not give it up as long as there’s still a shred of hope.”
Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has said, “It’s not something that is easy. We are looking at so many vessels and aircraft, so many countries to coordinate, and a vast area for us to search. But we will never give up. This we owe to the families of those on board. As of today, we have not found anything, but we are extending (the search) further.”