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Inmarsat’s Doppler effect signal evidence meant end of hope for relatives of missing Malaysian jet passengers

26 Mar 2014, 10:01 UTC
Inmarsat’s Doppler effect signal evidence meant end of hope for relatives of missing Malaysian jet passengers
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It has been lauded as a top scientific achievement but the sadness to relatives of the 239 passengers and crew of the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight that resulted from their work will not be lost on engineers and scientists working at the mobile satellite communications firm Inmarsat. For they have now conclusively proven that the missing Malaysian Boeing 777 jet airliner was almost certainly lost in the Southern Indian Ocean. The Malaysian government has now formally accepted that this is so and has informed the relatives of those aboard the flight.
The wavelength appears lengthened to a receiver if the transmitter is moving away or compressed it if is moving towards it. Courtesy: frigg.physastro.mnsu.edu
Inmarsat had originally revealed that it had been receiving and hourly “handshake” from carrier wave signal emitted by Malaysian Airlines MH370 flight via the Inmarsat 3F-1 satellite for hours after the aeroplane went missing. The firm’s original analysis using the timing of the signals concluded that the aircraft was in a track that arched across the Indian Ocean, North West or South West of Malaysia. By further analysing the Doppler effect’s shift of the L-band signal (Doppler shift is the apparent compression or expansion of ...

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