24 April 2017 Current Affairs: Malaysia Airlines 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: Aireon, SITAONAIR, and FlightAware.
It 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 known as “Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast ” or ADS-B, which usually shares data on flight location via ground-based receivers.
Malaysia Airlines chief operating officer (COO) - Captain Izham Ismail.