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Old 2nd Jun 2016, 14:24
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vapilot2004
 
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Is there enough satellite data storage for every a/c to send back FDR/CVR data in live time?
Short answer, No Rat 5.

Accurate answer - satellites have virtually no storage compared to the data they relay. Storage typically occurs at ground stations or data banks networked to the downlink site. On a SATCOM equipped aircraft, the prime limitation is bandwidth which in satellite terms equals dramatically greater cost.

The space bird companies would surely build to accommodate any rea$onable demand.
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