The loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the subsequent search shook the aviation and travel industries.
This company, and many others in the satellite industry, were asking... over and over... how can a plane simply go missing—aren't they tracked? The truth is, aircraft (similar to ships before services such as Spire Sense) aren’t actively tracked over oceanic areas or remote regions. It was clear to many around the aviation industry that would need to change.
Late last year, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted a new tracking standard that mandates all planes report their position while over the ocean every 15 minutes starting in November of 2018. Unfortunately, the options for aircraft to comply with that mandate are few and costly. As industry specialists began looking for options, they started to hear more and more about how Spire may be able to fill the mandate as well as help provide what will be an essential service to a global industry.