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Old 12 March 2014, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Hero_Mike View Post
How difficult would it be for airlines to equip their aircraft - specifically those which fly long distances over water - to have a satellite transponder and regularly zip off a simple status via a satellite signal? Something like a time, GPS location, and status of the flight? Would this require so many satellites that it would blot out the sun?
That is basically how the GPS works already, so it would not take all that many to provide connectivity. I would be very surprised if the capacity was not already in place, if it is not being done even now. I know one of the mysteries here is that the transponder on the jet suddenly stopped transponding.
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