Malaysia Airlines signs up for minute-by-minute plane tracking

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Because the plane's location transmission system went dead, the signals that would have been received by a satellite network would not have been broadcast, Bloomberg reports.

Many other companies are seeking to provide airlines with global tracking systems like Rockwell Collins and Immarsat.

MH370 vanished from radar during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean.

In an unprecedented move, Malaysia Airlines will soon become the first in the commercial aviation industry to track its fleet of planes via satellite.

On Tuesday, April 18, SITAONAIR, Aireon and FlightAware announced that Malaysia Airlines will be the first SITAONAIR airline customer to benefit from a revolutionary flight-tracking partnership.

SITAONAIR added that no new avionics or modifications are needed to use the service; it will work for all ADS-B Out-equipped aircraft.

Many companies have been jockeying to supply airlines with global tracking systems, including Rockwell Collins and Inmarsat.

However, as one report noted, it remains to be seen whether the satellite technology can prevent disasters like MH370 from happening again.

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FlightAware delivers a combination of global air traffic control data, aircraft datalink information and terrestrial ADS-B information via a secure streaming data feed.

A number of theories have surrounded the mystery of the flight's disappearance, ranging from passenger foul play (two people boarded with stolen passports) to combustible batteries in the cargo hold, and crew involvement.

Besides location, the satellite system will also give Malaysia Airlines a plane's speed, altitude and heading.

The extended inquiry has investigated whether the communications were intentionally switched off by someone aboard the aircraft, but no conclusion has been reached.

The plane turned around and headed back to Malaysia before venturing into the remote stretches of the southern Indian Ocean. While some of the aircraft structures have since been located, the majority of the airframe has still not been recovered.

Even with 60 second updates, the precision of a search would be far greater than in the case of MH370.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation has required that planes must transmit their location once every 15 minutes by November of next year.

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