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New Timeline Prediction - GlobalBeacon Satellite System Comes Online - 2018

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**New prediction for Timeline**


With the continuing explosion in international air travel the need for improved tracking of aircraft has been increasing. During the late 2000s and early 2010s several high profile air incidents exposed the inadequacies of international aircraft tracking. The loss of Air France Flight 447 over the Atlantic in 2009 and inability to locate the aircraft until 2011 brought attention to the inadequacy in tracking aircraft movements. However, it was the far more spectacular loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in 2014 over the Indian Ocean in 2014 which prompted a far more aggressive push to improve global airline tracking systems.The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) implemented a series of new regulations to make it mandatory by 2016 to implement some ability to track aircraft with existing technology. However, this existing technology had major delays often leading to areas of up to 80 miles being potential locations for any lost aircraft. By 2018, the company Aireon a joint venture between global aviation authorities and telecommunications companies will see the creation of an 81 satellite system - known as Globalbeacon - which will be able to provide 100% coverage of the globe and provide up to the minute information on every aircraft in the skies. This new technology should greatly enhance the ability to track flying aircraft, assist air traffic controllers when assisting aircraft in distress, as well as pinpoint final locations of aircraft in the event rescue and recovery operations need to be launched. Completion is expected in mid-2018.







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