Just a few months following SpaceX launched the final set of Iridium Communications satellites in the orbit, the latest network is assisting in delivering important data to aviation executives. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) suspended Boeing’s 737 Max planes, after getting the data from Aireon—an air traffic surveillance firm—regarding the fatal crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. Reportedly, Aireon’s system hauls on Iridium’s network of around 75 satellites. Anticipated to turn into completely operational in a few weeks, Aireon could trail planes everywhere on the planet. But the firm’s information is already proving to be significant, as Aireon stated in a statement to CNBC that “the network was able to seize data linked with Flight 302.”
Aireon said it is functioning with federal officers to give them raw data. Although the Aireon network has not been completely rolled out, the firm is capable of providing investigators with data about an airplane’s position, altitude, velocity, and more. In a statement, Aireon said, “Our sympathies are to the families of the crew and passengers of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.” Even after several countries suspended Boeing’s 737 Max, the FAA did not ground the planes. It was until the “litigable data” received from Aireon than the FAA made the conclusion, Daniel Elwell—Acting Administrator—told to CNBC.
On a similar note, recently, it was stated that there are problems in the Boeing 737 Max, which even autopilot cannot solve. The slow spread of automation via civil aircraft convoy is a primary ground the accident rate globally has fallen from around four mishaps per million flights in 1977 to less than 0.4 today. Many modern airliners are capable of launching, flying, and landing devoid of any human assistance. Automation is not exclusive of its own hazards. Since it has turned into omnipresent in cockpits, accidents related to automation have made up a crucial proportion of all air disasters.