In March 2014, 90 minutes after leaving Kuala Lumpur for Beijing, the Boeing 777 disappeared from radar somewhere in the Indian Ocean with 239 people on board.

His disappearance triggers an international search effort.

But the search teams found only debris believed to have come from the plane.

Seven years later, a technology promises to more accurately indicate its last location over the Indian Ocean.

Technology at the service of investigation

At the time of the plane's disappearance, a system called Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSRP) was in its infancy. It is a worldwide database of radio waves: the system records every interaction between planes in the sky and the signals sent from the ground. The denser the space to be monitored, the less precise the location.

“Imagine crossing a meadow with invisible electrical wires running through the entire area and back and forth the entire length and width,”

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Richard Godfrey

illustrates

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The British aerospace engineer is part of a team still trying to locate the plane.

“With every step you take, you are walking on particular trigger wires, and we can locate you where those wires intersect.

We can follow your path as you move through the prairie, ”he finished.

Using WSRP technology, the engineer suggests that the MH370 pilot made false leads to deceive the authorities.

He then allegedly dived in the southern Indian Ocean.

Improved today, the technology of the system makes it possible to collect more precise data.

Advances that could allow researchers to precisely locate the aircraft at the time of its disappearance.

New hope

Ocean Infinity, an American marine robotics company, conducted the latest research in 2018. A fleet of unmanned underwater vehicles had covered nearly 50,000 square miles of the seabed, finding nothing.

Following the success of the new WSPR trials, the team has revealed they are ready to resume research.

"We are always interested in resuming research, whether as a result of new information or new technology," said a spokesperson for Ocean Infinity.

According to him, the database of radio signals could contain vital clues.

Some would make it possible to determine the precise trajectory of the accident plane, others to locate its place of its crash.

The new investigations should begin at the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023. It will take two months for a software specially designed to browse the database and find any traces that the MH370 may have left.

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