Satellite Company Wants You to Help Find Malaysia Jet
DigitalGlobe hopes crowdsourcing can locate plane
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2014 10:46 AM CDT
A woman writes a message for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane on a banner at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.   (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

(Newser) – Malaysian authorities seem to have generated nothing but confusion and ill will in the hunt for Flight MH370. Now a Colorado company offers a way for people to do more than vent frustration—they can help scan satellite images, reports the Denver Post. DigitalGlobe wants people to go to its crowdsourcing platform to look at and tag images of the ocean that look promising. An algorithm will then examine results and highlight any areas generating an unusual number of tags, explains ABC News.

“We’ll say, ‘Here are our top 10 suspicious or interesting locations,’” says a company official. “Is it really an aircraft wing that’s been chopped in half or is this some other debris floating on the ocean? We may not be 100% sure, but if this is where I had to go pick a location to go looking for needles in this big haystack, this is where I’d start." Of course, the satellite images are based on authorities' best guesses on where the plane might be, and those seem to be changing daily.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Mar 18, 2014 7:46 PM CDT
I've been using Bing and Google to scout out some of the Air America bases in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. I've exempted the ones in Loas for now because I don't think they could have made it there even hugging the ground without someone seeing them. The Uighurs would have sympathetic support in this region as persecuted and tortured victims of China. There are several ways this can play out in this scenario. First is that these people are sold into slavery and will never be heard from again. The Uighurs get satisfaction of knowing their revenge is sure. The monetary return is not much though. Next is they hold onto these people treating them just like China treats Uighur people. In time, a ransom demand is made. Chances are, China would just ignore it. They could start killing the Chinese one at a time until their demands are met. China would stand to act on that because their citizens are already getting peeved about how its all going down now.
Mar 13, 2014 8:30 PM CDT
bet it is up kim k's bigggggggggg buttttttttttttttttttttttt!
Herbert Lubitz
Mar 13, 2014 5:12 PM CDT
Why don't they let the NSA tell them where it is, they know everything and are very reputable.