The vast amount of data that came in from independent researchers and the public took time to be analysed until they bumped into this imagery. Australia rushed 4 international aircraft to an rea 2500km from Perth.
DigitalGlobe Inc., a Colorado-based company that collects satellite imageries for the U.S government confirmed that he had collected images on March 16, but did not say when they were sent to the Australia.
However, Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss confirmed that they had only received the satellite images on Thursday morning. The data were analyzed by Australia's Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organization (DIGO) before that.
The company engaged 6.3 mn users in the effort, looking at more than 485 mn maps
"That was essentially because of the work that was required to essentially identify whether these pictures were relevant, whether the lead was sufficiently promising to shift the search area to that location," Truss said Australian Broadcasting Corp.
DigitalGlobe, however, declined commenting on whether the debris were spotted by its own analysts, government analysts or the internet users participating in the "crowdsourcing".
The company engaged 6.3 million users in the effort, looking at more than 485 million "map views". This accounted for more than 120,000 sq km of imagery. More than 6.7 million features had been tagged by the crowd, said an official source to NDTV.com.