Streaming to the satellites

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Before I was awake, I wondered why there wasn’t live stream data from planes to “satellites”.

I wonder if it can be done at all, since satellites don’t exist. Even without them, a company says it would have cost about $3000 for a flight the length of phantom ’s.

Perhaps the reason airlines don’t do it is that they don’t want another technology money shakedown, since apparently they don’t net more than 1% profit as airlines.

When a plane experiences an adverse event, AFIRS can send streaming data off the aircraft to one of Iridium’s 66 satellites and then down to ground-based servers, where the message is interpreted and sent to the airline.

via Malaysia Airlines MH370: Why airlines don’t live-stream black box data – Technology & Science – CBC News.

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