Posted: Apr 2, 2014 2:01 PM
Source: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana company says it's working toward federal approval of satellite GPS technology that would provide second-by-second tracking of aircraft anywhere in the world.
The FAA's latest air traffic control technology - now used in Houston - employs ground tracking stations.
The Virginia-based Flight Safety Foundation called Tuesday for satellite-based tracking systems to become industry standard.
Globalstar CEO Jay Monroe says the system developed by his company and Alaska-based ADS-B Technologies uses a smartphone-sized antenna on top of an aircraft to beam signals to Globalstar's 24-satellite network.
Monroe says the companies hope to have FAA approval for the system in a year to 18 months.
Real-time tracking surfaced as an issue after controllers lost track of Malaysian Air's Flight 370 bound for Beijing on March 8.