A Colorado-based satellite imaging company, DigitalGlobe, says it has activated its Internet platform called Tomnod
, making it available to everyone with a computer and Internet connection to help search for the missing Malaysia plane.
The company says in response to an unprecedented level of traffic it plans to publish a new collection of images of the area where the plane went missing.
appeals to all who can donate their time to scan the detailed images of the ocean surface for possible clues.
Last Sunday, two of the DigitalGlobe’s satellites captured images of about 3,200 square kilometers of the Gulf of Thailand, with resolution of about 20 meters to a centimeter of the regular computer screen. The images are available on its platform tomnod.com.
The site requires a free subscription which allows the user to tag the area already searched, clearly mark the spotted objects and share the tags with other users.
DigitalGlobe has participated in search and recovery efforts during several natural and man-made disasters, most notably last year, when typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines.
The privately-owned company operates five satellites and caters to a large number of government and private customers, including NASA and Google.