DigitalGlobe crowdsources search for missing Malaysian jet
MANILA, Philippines – Satellite imaging company DigitalGlobe is expanding the search for Malaysia Airlines MH370, allowing the world to jump in and help out.
The company, via its TomNod crowdsourcing system, opened up an additional avenue to help in locating the missing jet by allowing volunteers to search through satellite image data to help find possible clues or, in the worst case, the wreckage of the plane.
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing on Saturday, March 8, with 239 passengers on board.
As of Wednesday March 12, Malaysian authorities have expanded and refocused their search a number of times based on available leads, with their current plans taking the search to the Andaman Sea.
When DigitalGlobe announced it plans on March 11, the site received an influx of users, causing it to receive what it called “an unprecedented level of web traffic” and buckle under the strain.
While the Tomnod platform and the announcement page for their initiative appears to be offline due to the sudden rise in web traffic, DigitalGlobe is working on getting back on track and hopes "to make those images available online for the crowd as soon as possible.”