Latest in Icao

Image credit:

Inmarsat offers airlines free global tracking to prevent another MH370

Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

After the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, the idea that a plane could simply vanish in an age of information seemed impossible. Satellite company Inmarsat is pledging to prevent the situation from happening again, and will offer tracking services to every passenger airline, free of charge. In the system, all planes would ping Inmarsat's tracking stations every 15 minutes, sending precise location, heading and speed and altitude data to authorities. The proposal will be considered at the International Civil Aviation Organization's meeting, which begins in Montreal later today.

Previously, airlines have resisted using detailed location tracking due to the cost, but as Inmarsat's hardware is already commonplace across the global fleet, the cost to implement a system would be negligible. The cost of the service is said to be around $3 million per year, but Inmarsat is planning to absorb that charge in the hope that airlines would buy premium services down the road. Given that it was the "handshake" data between the company's on-board equipment and tracking stations -- used to check if there was a working satellite connection on MH370 -- that helped narrow-down the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. There's no word on if other companies are preparing a similar response, but anything to prevent further disasters is a win in our book.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

What’s good about Amazon’s Fire TV Stick?

What’s good about Amazon’s Fire TV Stick?

View
Rain may soon be an effective source of renewable energy

Rain may soon be an effective source of renewable energy

View
The best games for PC

The best games for PC

View
The best games for Nintendo Switch

The best games for Nintendo Switch

View
Windows 10 will support Linux file systems inside File Explorer

Windows 10 will support Linux file systems inside File Explorer

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr