Uks Nats To Trial New Plane-tracking Tech For Busy North Atlantic


DUBLIN – UK air traffic management company NATS will trial real-time tracking technology over the busy North Atlantic to give more flexibility in flight routes and to handle rising traffic, it said after taking a stake in tracking technology company Aireon.

The Aireon space-based system for real-time tracking of aircraft fills a gap in the industry highlighted by the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 and which still hasn’t been found.

Instead of sending tracking signals to ground stations – which means that aircraft locations can be lost over oceans or remote areas – Aireon’s system will beam them to satellites providing global coverage. It uses existing data from planes so does not require any modifications to aircraft.

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