[SatNews] On March 8, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared from radar while en route to Beijing—with citizens from more than a dozen nations on board, the disappearance led to weeks of speculation about the airplane’s whereabouts and initiated a complicated international search effort that involved over 25 countries in a wide search area.
During the search, space assets, particularly satellite imagery and communications, featured prominently as investigators pieced together the airplane’s actual flight path and final destination. Many around the world wondered why, even with the help of high-resolution imagery, satellite navigation systems, and advanced communication satellites, the search for the missing airplane proved so challenging.
On Thursday, May 8, 2014, Secure World Foundation will host a panel discussion that will examine the challenges of combining multiple sources of ground-, air- and space-based data. Experts will highlight the value and limitations of space assets in the search of the missing airplane and consider how space may play an increasing role in aviation safety, helping prevent similar tragedies in the future. Entitled Beyond Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: The Evolving Role of Satellites in Aviation Safety, the discussion will occur at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036, and will run from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The speakers include:
- Mr. John Mackey, Senior Vice President of Network Operations, Inmarsat
- Mr. Keith J. Masback, CEO, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF)
- Mr. Brian Weeden, Technical Advisor, Secure World Foundation
The discussion will be moderated by Ms. Laura Delgado López, Project Manager, Secure World Foundation.