This revolutionary system will prevent planes from ever disappearing again.
The system is made possible by a partnership between Sitaonair, Aireon, and FlightAware.
"It doesn't matter if they're flying over the ocean, desert, or North Pole, we'll know where the plane is," said Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware, the internet flight tracking service which is working with Aireon LLC, which has developed the satellite technology.
Aireon's system will place ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast) receivers on low orbit satellites operated by Iridium Communications Inc and is due to be operational from 2018.
The system was initially conceived to help air traffic controllers route planes more efficiently.
“Real-time global aircraft tracking has long been a goal of the aviation community,” Malaysia Chief Operating Officer Izham Ismail said in a statement. “We are proud to be the first airline to adopt this solution."
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