NEW technology could finally solve the mystery of the missing flight MH370 and raise hopes that a new search could begin again.
The Weak Signal Propagation Reporter (WSPR) could now be used to accurately calculate the final location of the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane before it disappeared over the Indian Ocean.
Extensive trials of new technology that tracks historical data from radio signals bouncing off aircraft have led experts to believe that they could find a more specific underwater search area for teams to comb.
The tests were powered by the use of the forgotten WSPR system, which was set up in 2009 and records every interaction between aircraft in the sky and signals from the ground.
The encoded information of each signal is stored in a database every two minutes, which records the time stamp, position and drift.
The contact helps provide accurate timelines of the flight path of aircraft which are known to be difficult to monitor in such a large airspace.
When the MH370 went missing, the database had about 200 signals every two minutes.
Now a number of the detections can be used to track the flight when it is out of range of radar systems.
British aerospace engineer Richard Godfrey, who carried out the tests, compares the technology to a network of invisible detectors that record movement between the clouds.
He said The times: “Imagine you are crossing a prairie with invisible tripwires that traverse the entire area and go back and forth across the length and breadth.
“With every step you take, you step on certain tripwires and we can locate you at the intersection of the disturbed tripwires. We can follow your path as you move through the prairie. “
While exploring the concept of the missing Boeing 777 triggering invisible “electronic tripwires”, the busy airspace makes it extremely difficult to confirm if it is the Malaysia Airlines aircraft.
Godfrey, who is on a team still trying to locate the aircraft, used WSPR technology to track an Orion aircraft belonging to the New Zealand Air Force.
He followed the flight path of the aircraft, which not long after the MH370 disappeared, photographed debris floating in the sea.
The snapshots apparently contained the remains of a Boeing 777 wing component – but it was never recovered.
Many experts now believe that the large panel could have been part of the Malaysia Airlines jet.
If the assumption is correct, it would take the Orion to the next last known location where the Boeing 777 – with 239 people on board – has mysteriously disappeared.
The Orion flight is now the focus of testing with the new technology.
After years of unsuccessful searches, there is hope that the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter will start a new search in the depths of the sea.
Marine robotics company Ocean Infinity conducted the last search in 2018, armed with a fleet of unmanned underwater vehicles.
Despite the advanced technology that allowed them to cover 50,000 square miles of ocean floor, they found nothing.
But after the news of the successful WSPR studies, the team announced that it is open to further search.
“We are always interested in continuing the search, whether because of new information or new technology,” said a spokesman.
He said late next year or early 2023 seemed like the “most sensible” timeframe possible.
Godfrey believes the radio signal database could contain important clues as to the exact flight path of the doomed aircraft and the crash site.
It will take two months for specially developed software to search the database to find any traces the MH370 may have left.
The elusive and most expensive aviation puzzle in the world has puzzled search teams since the Malaysia Airlines plane went missing on March 8, 2014.
It disappeared from the radar after taking off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport for Beijing and taking an inexplicable U-turn from its planned trajectory.
Seven years after flight MH370, some investigators believe the aircraft’s captain made a series of zigzag movements to deter air traffic teams and evade radar systems.