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No obstacles for airports using satellites

13 March 2017

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Thanks to ESA, airports can now use satellites to identify and manage obstacles that could pose a risk to flight safety.

Of the 48,000 airports around the globe, only about a quarter can allow aircraft to land in poor weather and only 500 airports have a specialist on site to pinpoint obstacles that might exceed height restrictions within flight paths.

With ESA's help, Ascend XYZ in Denmark has developed a service for airports to record potential obstacles.

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