MH370: Anatomy of a Search

The following article is republished from Medium: https://medium.com/@mikechillit_79679/mh370-anatomy-of-a-search-a72ebb1c44c4


The wizened geezer who, it is said, was once instrumental in locating the last remains of Phileas Fogg’s “Henrietta” on the fringes of Liverpool, looked skeptical as he examined the image and considered the question. “You mean to tell me you want to find an aeroplane that crashed while circling a satellite?”

Figure 1: Example of the "Bloodhound" underwater search strategy developed by Inmarsat and subsequently used by Australia's ATSB.
Figure 1: Example of the “Bloodhound” underwater search strategy developed by Inmarsat and subsequently used by Australia’s ATSB.
Figure 2: Example of earth-centered search strategy in which Great Circles are used for all points of reference.
Figure 2: Example of earth-centered search strategy in which Great Circles are used for all points of reference.