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Northern Virginia-Based Surveillance Firm Picks Up Airplane Signals to Save Time and Fuel Over Atlantic

The airplane tracking data beams down to Northern Virginia from a network of 66 satellites, first to Leesburg, then Herndon, then to air traffic controllers around the world. Seeking to solve a conundrum of modern flight, global aviation authorities have begun using the satellite data to allow planes to fly closer to one another over the Atlantic and other remote regions. Read Full Article 

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Data From This Company Helped Convince the FAA to Ground the Boeing 737 Max

Their official launch wasn’t planned for weeks, but Aireon, a McLean, Va.,-based company made headlines in March after it provided critical flight data to the Federal Aviation Administration that led to the agency’s decision to ground all Boeing 737 Max jets. Current ground-based systems track aircraft, but offer coverage for only about 30 percent of the globe, leaving wide swaths of ocean and portions of some countries, uncovered. Aireon, however, is the first company to offer real-time tracking of aircraft operations around the world using a global network of satellites….

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