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New Satellite Network Designed to Make it Impossible For Airplanes to Go Missing

A new satellite network that was officially launched last week is meant to make it impossible for commercial airplanes to go missing, according to a new CBS report.

A SpaceX rocket last week delivered 10 satellites into orbit, the final part of an effort by Iridium Communications Inc. to replace its 66 old communication satellites with a new generation of technology, CBS reported. 

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Fly there faster? New satellite coverage promises to revolutionize air traffic control

The aircraft symbols inch their way across the computer monitor — Air France 378 en route from Paris to Detroit; Delta 85, a Boeing 777 headed to Atlanta; and Lufthansa 412, an Airbus A350 flying Munich to Newark. At first blush, there’s nothing exceptional about the air traffic control display — except for the piece of airspace it depicts. These aircraft over the North Atlantic are far beyond the range of ground-based radar. What makes this real-time depiction of oceanic air traffic possible is a new constellation of satellites now…

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Final Iridium NEXT Launch Could Set Stage for Aircraft-Tracking Milestone

If Iridium’s final tranche of next generation satellites reaches orbit as planned on Jan. 8, the launch will clear the way for its aviation partner, Aireon LLC, to begin an aircraft tracking demonstration over the North Atlantic Ocean. The Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, is planned for 10:48 Eastern time. With 1,500 daily flights, the North Atlantic is the world’s busiest oceanic air corridor. Since most flights are out of range of ground-based radar, air traffic controllers must separate planes far apart and direct them along…

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