Nav Canada’s Next Frontier is in Space


Corporation bets $150-million on satellite-based plane-tracking system. From California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying 10 satellites destined for near-Earth orbit, part of Nav Canada’s ambitious plan to wrap the globe in a digital net. The full constellation of satellites, numbering 66 by the summer, will track airplanes and give air-traffic controllers the precise locations of aircraft flying over 70 percent of the world – oceans, mountains and remote areas- not covered by ground-based systems.

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