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ICAO orders real-time aircraft tracking in wake of MH370

Old 11th Mar 2016, 17:06
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Devices already exist. These have been used by yachts for several years now.

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Old 11th Mar 2016, 18:10
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Interested to see how are they going to record and store high-quality audio of 25 h
iPod nano? :-) One would need about 1.5 GB of memory using bog standard MP3 @128kpbs, which should be trivial in this day and age. Before anyone asks, it's around 15GB using uncompressed PCM @44.1kHz/16bit (Audio CD quality). My mobile phone has more memory.
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Old 12th Mar 2016, 19:53
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A possibly loony suggestion: how about a last-ditch submerged signaller consisting of a large block of metallic sodium sealed in a crush-proof container and venting through a tuned pipe. After a month or so submerged, the seal across the vent dissolves, water makes contact with the sodium, and instant LOUD steam whistle results.
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Old 13th Mar 2016, 04:37
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A series of ground/sea(moored) base collector stations could down load data automatically from overflying aircraft in remote or any area. This would be in the end, far cheaper than satellite based operations.

A very large amount of data could be sored for say 1-3 months, then rewritten over.


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Simple low-cost solutions could be easily created, but probably take time to get authorised and integrated.
There are millions of devices out there that can store many GB's of data and are freely available. Most are of such capacity and capability to be very small and strong enough to withstand most crash scenarios.
Encase any (two) such devices in modern airliners and located them in opposites end of the frame.
Continuous recording loops can be used for days not hours of operation and minimal wiring will be required to do so, thus reducing the weight penalty. Some of these devices already have their own GPS so don't need to rely on heavy aircraft systems integration.
Transmissions of these devices can be made autonomous depending on capability of other hardware installed, using phone signal to SatCom as required, VHF or HF as installed...
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