Introducing Condor FSM (Flight Safety Monitor)
The Iridium Satellite Network gives Condor FSM global reach

Condor FSM (Flight Safety Monitor) is an IoT enabled system for monitoring the safety of aircraft in flight.  Utilizing real-time sensors and sophisticated software to monitor the progress of both manned and drone aircraft, Condor FMS can detect a host of possible danger conditions including:

  • Hijacking/Commandeering of Aircraft/Drone.
  • Internal/External Acts of Sabotage.
  • In-Flight Aircraft/Drone Mechanical failure.

Unlike current “Black Box” technology, which only comes it play after a downed aircraft has been located, or the satellite based ACARS position data reporting system found in 777 and later aircraft, Condor FSM operates completely independent of existing aircraft systems as a tamperproof flight safety monitor designed to quickly alert ground control personnel to an  aircraft in distress before the situation can escalate, and to track the aircraft in near real-time until the situation is resolved.

Intelligent Threat Detection

At the heart of the Condor System is the iBotSense Field Node(iFN). Each of these low-cost, light weight units utilizes sophisticated software to analyze real-time GPS and IMU data as well as digital altitude and aircraft flight characteristics data to monitor the progress of an airliner in flight and detect a host of possible situations potentially compromising flight safety including:

  • Excessive in flight maneuvering/Dangerously low or high altitude
  • Excessive Flight Plan deviation horizontally or vertically
  • Convergence with obstacles, geo-fence boundaries or exclusion zones

For truely global reach, Condor iFN units employ a miniaturized satellite modem to communicate with our cloud based central monitoring system over the Iridium Satellite Network. Composed of over 480 satellites forming a global mesh network reachable from any location on or over Earth, the Iridium Network ensures that no matter the location of the aircraft, Condor iFN units can relaibly signal ground personnel in the event of an emergency.

Multiple Threat-Detection Response Modes

Mounted in any secure location within the body or tail of the aircraft, each iFN unit is virtually tamperproof and operates completely independent of all other aircraft systems.  When an alarm is triggered, each node can be programmed to execute a number of actions including:

  • Activating the Satellite telemetry link to a monitoring station
  • Activating on-board audio and video capture devices
  • Override the autopilot or other flight controls to stabilize flight.

Safety threat detection is performed in software, allowing the system to to easilty adapt to the characteristics of different aircraft and mission plans, as well as quickly incorporate improvements in threat detection techniques without expensive hardware upgrades or retrofits.

Low Cost to Carriers/Big Savings for the Airline Industry

When an aircraft is carrying a Condor iFN unit, it is equipped with an extra line of defense against hijacking, sabatoge and mechanical failure.  Not only does equipping aircraft with Condor FSM conter this vulnerability, but it offers a host of other benefits including:

  • Reduced search/rescue costs, in the case of MA 370 in the hundreds of millions of dollars
  • Greater peace of mind for the flying public scared by the ease a modern airliner can vanish

As the recent and still largely unsolved disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has proved, even a modern ACARS equipped aircraft are vulnerable as long as built-in saftety systems can be disabled by passengers or crew.  Condor FSM is the solution.  For more information contact sales@enablinx.comm.

Tracking the Final Moments of a Flight

When an aircraft is lost, the most important priority, second only to locating the wreckage and any possible survivors is to find out why.

Flight Data Recorder

Modern airliners employ a number of techniques to assist both in locating the wreckage and in determining the cause. Increasingly, faced with modern threats including terrorism and sabotage, current systems have some major flaws.

“Black Boxes” provide that most accurate record of what happened to a doomed flight, but before they can be of any use, they must first be found in search areas that can range from 20,000 feet under the ocean to several thousand square miles.

In the most sophisticated aircraft, ACARS, the Aircraft Communications and Addressing Reporting System provides near real-time messaging with information on a flight, but ACARS works off the aircraft power and relies upon aircraft sensor systems for information. As still unsolved disappearance of Malaysia Air flight 514 proved, these systems can be easily compromised and rendered useless.

What is lacking is a low-cost last line of defense to track an aircraft without reliance upon potentially compromised flight control systems.

Enter CondorFSM!

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