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3 years after Flight 370 missing, Malaysia Airlines to track flights with satellites


Malaysia Airlines

One of the greatest mysterious in modern aviation is about the sudden vanishing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on March 8, 2017. The flight took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport with 239 people on board never made it to China. With year long search operations and after spending millions on it, the aircraft is not located prompting several theories about its disappearances. Three years after the tragic incident, Malaysia Airlines on April 20 announced that it will use a real-time satellite tracking system to monitor its flights around the world and it will be the first airlines to do so.

The airline will be able to track minute-by-minute details -location, speed, altitude and heading -of every flight. The system will work anywhere in the world including polar regions and most remote oceans. And to do the same it has partnered with three companies Aireon, FligtAware and SITAOnAir. The new system will go into use probably in 2018, after few satellites that will track the flights go up into space. The first batch of ten satellites, the Iridium NEXT satellites was launched earlier this year and they eventually plan to have 66 satellites floating providing global coverage.