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Use Google Earth to help find Steve Fossett

 
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:03 pm    Post subject: Use Google Earth to help find Steve Fossett Reply with quote

http://www.mturk.com/mturk/preview?groupId=9TSZK4G35XEZJZG21T60&kw=Flash
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GeoPierce
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6987358.stm

"The creators of the search scheme said Mr Fossett's plane would appear as an object about "21 pixels long and 30 pixels in wingspan".
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Talking to reporters, Nevada Civil Air Patrol Major Cynthia Ryan welcomed the help but said it was unlikely that Google Earth would have picked up anything that military satellites would not spot."
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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was better than sitting at work doing nothing for the last 25 minutes Wink Wink Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
It was better than sitting at work doing nothing for the last 25 minutes Wink Wink Wink

True. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GeoPierce wrote:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6987358.stm

"The creators of the search scheme said Mr Fossett's plane would appear as an object about "21 pixels long and 30 pixels in wingspan".
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Assuming it is in one piece and laying flat. Nose in it might be 10 by 10. Or in pieces even smaller. Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like I keep saying, the Internet can be a wondeful thing. The ideas that are thought up are truly amazing. I used to run a BBS in the old days, before the Internet, and marveled at the maps we thought were cool at the time. They were NOTHING compared to what we work with today.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
I used to run a BBS in the old days, before the Internet, and marveled at the maps we thought were cool at the time. They were NOTHING compared to what we work with today.

ANSI @ 1200 baud? Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The imagery is that recent??
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pfalstad wrote:
The imagery is that recent??

The Amazon page claims that if you use the provided KML it is.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
bflentje wrote:
I used to run a BBS in the old days, before the Internet, and marveled at the maps we thought were cool at the time. They were NOTHING compared to what we work with today.

ANSI @ 1200 baud? Smile


I jumped on the bandwagon when 2400 baud was hot in about 1988. I ran a two-line Wildcat BBS until about 1992, just about the time 56k modems were running the 38400 modems out of town, and this new lame thing called the Internet stole all of our business.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 3:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first assumption was that the imagery was hardly current enough to be helpful, however, there is another side the Google Earth. Google actually provides a classified version of their Earth browser that contains much higher resolution and more current imagery that is linked to intelligence data overlays. It is possible that Uncle Sugar released recent imagery for public disclosure.
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