April 10, 2014

Deep Pings

The depth of the problem -as illustrated in the Washington Post: After an Australian vessel, Ocean Shield, again detected deep-sea signals consistent with those from an airplane’s black box, the official leading a multination search expressed hope Wednesday that crews will begin to find wreckage of a missing Malaysian airliner “within a matter of days.”

“I believe we’re searching in the right area,” Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said.
Yeah. Right. Here's the beginning, only the beginning, of where that box might, we repeat, might be....


It goes on down, very far down, from there. As you can see HERE.

[HT: Morgan]

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 10, 2014 10:05 AM
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In aviation we have had radio direction finding equipment since at least the early days of WWII.

Low frequency radio ranges and very high frequency (VHF)ranges have been the foundation of air navigation which is now supplemented by inertial navigation systems (INS) and satellite navigation.

Maybe I am wrong, but it seems that the technology to develop a receiver that would have direction finding ability for the frequency of the black box could be developed. That would allow the searchers to home in on the signal rather quickly instead of the present system, which seems to be much like the old low frequency radio range orientation system (A procedure that took time and effort to execute.) that was used before direction finders (A compass rose with a needle that pointed at the signal.) were developed.

Maybe this accident will initiate some research into that. Maybe not.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at April 10, 2014 11:02 AM

In the continued absence of debris I maintain what I have from the beginning, that the thing never crashed. It landed somewhere, probably in China.

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 10, 2014 8:09 PM

And with distinct navigation sights from (1) the crew directly involved in clear weather, and (2)the crews firing upon - both RMS Titanic and DKM Bismarck took some time before their very sizable wrecks were ever located.

It will be some time before that aircraft is found, and if there is ever an understanding of what happened that makes sense I doubt I (at 48) will learn it.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at April 15, 2014 7:52 PM