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The challenge of MH370 flight path reconstruction and the future of space-based aircraft tracking


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This technical ‘breakfast briefing’ will describe Inmarsat’s analysis techniques applied to Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 and potential future developments in tracking of aircraft by satellite.

Date and Time

07 October 2014 - 08:30-11:30


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Aerospace TPN.

About this event

The loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in March and the subsequent analysis by Inmarsat engineers of data transmitted automatically to the company’s satellites has been of significant interest to the both the aviation and the space communities.

Critical issues related to the tracking of intercontinental aircraft flights have been identified and are currently being addressed by the aerospace sector worldwide. In response to this, Inmarsat has proposed a number of new capabilities such as a free global airline tracking service, enhanced position reporting and a ‘black box in the cloud’ system.

This ‘breakfast briefing’ will deliver two technical presentations for aviation and space professionals, providing deeper insights into the systems used to track MH370, the analysis techniques deployed, and potential development pathways for enhanced future aircraft tracking using space assets as well as offering networking opportunities beforehand.

This event is being held as part of World Space Week.


08:30 - 09:30 Registration
09:30 - 11:30 Lecture
12:00 Depart



Additional information

Speaker information:

Mark Dickinson, Vice President of Satellite Operations at Inmarsat

After completing a Ph.D. in High Energy Astrophysics (University of Durham) in 1997, Mark joined the Vega Group as a software engineer working on various defence and space systems.   

In 2000 Mark joined the Satellite Operations department at Inmarsat as part of a team developing its new satellite control system. In 2005 he became manager of the Satellite Operators Support Group and in 2009 became the Director of Satellite Operations. In 2013 he was appointed Vice President of Satellite Operations. In this role he is responsible for the operation of Inmarsat’s fleet of geostationary telecommunication satellites, as well part of the team defining the specifications and following the development of Inmarsat’s future satellites.


David Coiley, Vice President of Aviation at Inmarsat

David studied Management Sciences at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. In 1997 David joined the Aero Marketing department at Inmarsat, since then he has gone on to become the Director of Aeronautical Business in 2008 and is now the Vice President of Aviation.

David is a 20 year veteran of the aviation satellite communications industry and has worked previously for BT Skyphone, SITA, ARINC, AeroMobile and Inmarsat. His responsibilities include representing Inmarsat’s Aviation service portfolio to the European aviation market and the global management of Inmarsat’s L-band service portfolio for aviation

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