Satellite Site Crowdsources Search for Malaysian Plane

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (2 years, 7 months ago)

Satellite imagery from Tomnod is helping people around the world to play a small role in the search to find the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The passenger jet has been missing for almost 4 days, with 239 people on board and not trace of wreckage, a landing site or survivors.

The mystery and shock surrounding the disappearance of Flight 370 has resounded with people around the world. Although a fleet of ships and aircrafts have been searching for the missing Malaysian plan for days, the huge search area in the Gulf of Thailand has made the process slow. Satellite crowdsourcing program Tomnod is giving anyone with a computer the chance to help out in the search for the missing plane thanks to 3,200 square kilometers of imagery.

This isn’t the first time Tomnod has helped people to lend a hand in emergency situations around the world. In 2013, thousands of volunteers used Tomnod to scan satellite images of the Philippines following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Volunteers using the platform can tag any potential objects of interest seen in satellite images in order for them to be investigated further.

If you have any spare time to contribute to the search, you can access the crowdsourcing campaign here.

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