1937 photograph could help solve mystery of aviator Amelia Earhart’s disappearance
Philip Sherwell, The Telegraph July 3, 2014 9:22 AM ET
In a March 10, 1937, file photo, American aviator Amelia Earhart waves from the Electra before taking off from Los Angeles on March 10, 1937.
NEW YORK — New forensic imaging techniques are being used to solve the mystery of the final resting place of Amelia Earhart, whose plane vanished over the Pacific as she tried to become the first woman pilot to circumnavigate the globe.
Photographic analysts are poring over a high-resolution computer enhancement of a 1937 picture of Earhart’s plane to try to establish whether a distinctive area of repaired metal sheeting matches a piece of wreckage recovered from an uninhabited atoll in Micronesia.
A leading Earhart researcher believes that a match of the rivet patterns would provide “conclusive proof” that the aviator was not, as was widely believed, lost at sea, but instead landed on Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro in the archipelago of Kiribati, 2,000 miles west of Mexico.
That forensic breakthrough would in turn indicate that the aviator may have died of starvation, illness or thirst, instead of being killed when her plane crashed into the ocean as she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, desperately searched for land. The picture of Earhart’s Electra aircraft was taken on June 1, 1937, as she prepared to take off for Puerto Rico during her second attempt to fly around the world. She had spent eight days in Miami while the plane had repairs and the photograph shows a distinctive shiny rectangular patch towards the back of the plane that clearly stands out from the rest of the fuselage.
In this undated file photo, Amelia Earhart stands next to a Lockheed Electra 10E, before her last flight in 1937 from Oakland, Calif., bound for Honolulu on the first leg of her record-setting attempt to circumnavigate the world westward along the Equator. American aviator Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 is among aviation’s most enduring mysteries.
Ric Gillespie, director of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, hopes this can now be linked to a sheet of aluminium that his group recovered in 1991 from Gardner Island, which is in the same area of ocean where Earhart disappeared and has been the focus of previous search operations.
“If the enhancement of the photograph is good enough to establish that the rivet patterns on the repair match those on the wreckage, then that is conclusive proof that she ended on the island and was not lost at sea,” he said.
The breakthrough would help solve the most disputed mystery in aviation before this year’s disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Earhart disappeared in early July 1937 after a radio antenna ripped away from the Electra as she took off from Papua New Guinea, en route to Howland Island south of Hawaii, more than 2,500 miles away.
U.S. Coast Guard heard her issue distress messages 19 hours later as he she flew over water, apparently lost and desperately searching for land. Nothing more was heard.
Gardner Island was first the focus of attention in 1960 when an ex-marine told a San Diego newspaper about his trip there with US forces in 1946. A tribesman told him that a skeleton and woman’s shoe had been found in 1938.
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Russian scientists raising funds to rebuild Tesla Tower, satisfy world energy hunger
July 04, 2014
Two Russian physicists are fundraising to realize their project for wireless energy transmission once proposed by brilliant 20th-century scientist Nikola Tesla. Solar panels and an upgraded Tesla Tower could solve global energy hunger, they say.
Leonid and Sergey Plekhanov, graduates of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, claim they have spent years scrutinizing the Nikola Tesla’s patents and diaries and they believe that with his most ambitious project – transcontinental wireless energy transmissions – Tesla came very close to unprecedented scientific discovery that could be brought to fruition.
The enthusiasts say they need about $800,000 to reconstruct the famous Wardenclyffe Tower once created by Tesla himself to implement his ideas and find a commercial application for his ideas on long-distance wireless energy transmission.
The Plekhanov brothers are raising money through IndieGogo kickstarter. The campaign will last until July 25. So far the project has managed to collect only 2 percent of the desired sum (about $18,000 out of the desired $800,000 as we publish this article).
According to the authors of the project, as of today all human civilization’s electric energy needs could be covered with a single installation of solar panel measured approximately 316 by 316 kilometers (100,000 square kilometers altogether) positioned in a desert somewhere near the equator.
They believe the only stumbling block to such a project is the delivery of electric energy to final consumers, as the loss of energy directly depends on the distance of transmission.
The Plekhanov brothers believe that only experimental verification of the theory could help the original idea become reality. They also say that their “creative interpretation" of the physical model proposed by Tesla has already been confirmed by “numerical simulation in Ansoft HFSS software.”
The original Wardenclyffe Tower (also dubbed the “Tesla Tower”), was constructed by Nikola Tesla in Shoreham, about 100 kilometers from New York, in 1901–17. It never became fully operational.
The 57-meter-high tower was made of wood and copper and after a number of experiences to perform trans-Atlantic wireless power transmission, as well as commercial broadcasting and wireless telephony, the tower was disassembled in 1917.
Leonid and Sergey Plekhanov believe the construction of their “Planetary Energy Transmitter” would be much lighter than that of Tesla’s, decreased from over 60 to mere 2 tons – all because of the modern materials used for the framework and up-to-date conducting materials. Naturally, the installation would be equipped with advanced electronics.
“We’ve conducted the fundamental research studies, implemented the computational models and designed all the parts of the experiment. We will be able to perform energy transmission and measure the results. Will it be ‘global’ as Tesla suggested? Based on the research that we've already done – we believe it will be, and we going to prove it experimentally,” the scientists wrote.
The scientists are going to repeat Tesla’s experiment in the fall of 2014.
And if the experiment works, the scientists say that a free energy world with limitless global energy transmission is possible.
Still, there are a number of considerations regarding the huge solar panel installation proposed by the Plekhanovs. Besides the fact that the very production of solar panels, at least on the modern level of technology, is really damaging for the environment, the efficiency of such power generation is still very low.
Besides that, such production is very expensive. A square meter of solar panel costs approximately $200. A simple multiplication of the sum by the proposed 100,000 square kilometers give us a stunning sum of $20 trillion, more than the gross GDP of either the US or EU. That’s without infrastructure. And even if the cost of production falls by several times, it would still be unspeakably expensive, experts say.