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The satellite system that could avoid another MH370: Radical scheme to track aircraft wherever they are to be fully operational in 2018

A fleet of 66 satellites carrying airplane-tracking technology could soon keep tabs on the position, speed, and altitude of aircraft all around the world. Iridium launched the first ten satellites in January, and so far, two have been switched on and begun to send back data. It comes three years after the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and experts say the new system could ensure that flights no longer go unaccounted for. Read Full Article

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Soon we’ll actually know where planes are as they fly over the ocean

In January, Iridium launched the first ten of 66 satellites that will, for the first time, be able to continuously track airplanes’ position, speed, and altitude across the entire globe. Although the network won’t be operational until the end of 2018 at the earliest, two of the satellites have already been switched on, and they started to send back data a few weeks ago. “When we activated, we started collecting targets of opportunity. These are just any aircraft flying,” says Vinny Capezzuto, CTO of Aireon, which is the company that…

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Aireon begins intensively testing orbiting space-based ADS-B payload

After being handed complete control of its space-based ADS-B transceiver payload on one of the first 10 orbiting Iridium NEXT low-earth orbit communications satellites on 24 February, Aireon expects to receive control of another seven payloads “roughly over the next month” for testing, once Iridium has raised the satellites to their operational orbits. Speaking to RGN, Aireon CEO Don Thoma says that after the first 10 satellites were launched on 14 January – on a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster launched from Vandenberg AFB in California – Iridium monopolized testing of…

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Aireon Gets into Initial Space-Based ADS-B Testing

Now that the first 10 satellites of the Iridium NEXT constellation have launched, Aireon can begin the initial process of testing and validating its space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) global air traffic surveillance network. Read Full Article

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