Vanished: Virginia-based Aireon to launch global plane-tracking system

Within the next few days, new plane-tracking technology will go live, in an attempt to help minimize the risk of commercial planes disappearing. Aireon, based in McLean, Virginia, is in the final days of testing the first worldwide, real-time airplane monitoring and tracking system. Currently, radar is still used to track planes, but since the 1930s-era technology requires line-of-sight, it doesn’t work everywhere. “There is 70 percent of the world’s airspace that has no surveillance coverage,” said Aireon CEO Don Thoma. “That includes the oceans and mountainous regions.” Thoma said…

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