New technology can finally solve the mystery of missing flight MH370, raising hopes that a new search can begin again.
The Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) can now be used to accurately calculate the final location of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane before it disappears over the Indian Ocean.
Extensive testing of the new technology to track historical data from radio signals hitting aircraft led to the belief that it could focus on a more specific underwater search area that teams could comb.
The tests were backed up using the forgotten WSPR system, implemented in 2009, which records every interaction between aircraft in the sky and signals sent from the ground.
The encoded information for each signal is stored in a database every two minutes to record the timestamp, location and skew.
The contact helps provide an accurate chronology of aircraft paths, which are difficult to monitor over such a wide range of airspace.
When MH370 disappeared, the database was calculating about 200 signals every two minutes.
Now a number of detections can be used to track a flight when it is out of range of radar systems.
British aeronautical engineer Richard Godfrey, who conducted the tests, likened the technology to a set of invisible sensors that record movement between clouds.
He said tenses: “Imagine crossing a meadow with invisible stumble wires crossing the entire area and moving back and forth in length and width.
“With each step you take, you walk on certain trigger wires and we can pinpoint your location at the intersection of the turbulent trigger wires. We can follow your path as you move through the meadow.”
Despite the concept that the missing Boeing 777 releases invisible “electronic trigger wires” during exploration, the occupied airspace makes it extremely difficult to confirm whether the Malaysia Airlines plane was.
Godfrey, part of a team still trying to locate the aircraft, used WSPR technology to track the New Zealand Air Force’s Orion aircraft.
Follow the flight path of the plane, which was able to photograph the wreckage floating in the ocean shortly after the disappearance of MH370.
The footage included what appeared to be the remnants of a Boeing 777 wing component – but it was never found.
Many experts now believe that the large mark may be part of the Malaysian Airlines plane.
If the assumption is correct, this would put Orion at the last known location near where the Boeing 777 – carrying 239 people on board – mysteriously disappeared.
Orion’s flight is now in the testing center with the new technology.
After years of unsuccessful searches, there is hope that a weak signal propagation reporter has begun a new deep-sea search.
Marine robotics company Ocean Infinity conducted the latest research in 2018, armed with a fleet of unmanned underwater vehicles.
Despite advanced technology that allows them to cover 50,000 square miles of the sea floor, they have found nothing.
But after news of WSPR’s successful trials was announced, the team revealed they were ready to resume more research.
“We are always interested in resuming research, whether as a result of new information or new technology,” a company spokesperson said.
He said the end of next year or the beginning of 2023 seemed to be the most “sensitive” delay possible.
Godfrey believes that the radio signal database could contain vital clues to the exact flight path of the ill-fated plane and where it crashed.
The specially designed software will take two months to scan the database to find any traces that MH370 may have left.
The world’s most expensive aviation mystery and its cost have baffled search teams since the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines plane on March 8, 2014.
It vanished from the radar after taking off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, bound for Beijing, and made an unexplained detour from its intended flight path.
Seven years after flight MH370, some investigators believe the captain made a series of zigzag movements to destabilize air traffic crews and evade radar systems.
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