Three years ago, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from radar somewhere above the Indian Ocean with 239 people on board.

Today, the airline announced it is the first to sign up to a new service that will track its airplanes anywhere in the world using orbiting satellites.

The company’s planes will be tracked minute-by-minute using the new system, which boasts complete worldwide coverage, even over “ocean, polar, and remote regions.”

The satellite-tracking system is operated by a trio of companies & uses a constellation of 72 communication satellites operated by US firm Iridium whose main business is selling satellite phones connected to its network.


The flights will be tracked using an industry-wide standard which usually shares data on flight location via ground-based receivers.

Using satellites will offer more comprehensive coverage in remote regions, says the airline.

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