air traf­fic re­mote contr ol

Australian T3 - - RADAR -

Swe­den has just green­lit its lat­est air-traf­fic con­trol tower to be­gin di­rect­ing flights; the only dif­fer­ence be­ing that th­ese eyes on the sky are some 61 miles away from where any of the planes will ac­tu­ally be tak­ing off and land­ing.

The Saab Re­mote Tower Sys­tem (RTS) beams HD images in real time from Örn­sköldsvik Air­port’s air­field to the 350-de­gree LCD screens in the tower’s com­mand cen­tre (pic­tured left).

Ev­ery­thing is han­dled re­motely, with ad­di­tional cam­eras on standby in case of an emer­gency (and, we hope, back-up Wi-Fi; the wheel of death could be very lit­eral if not).

Swe­den is not alone, with the tech be­ing tri­alled in Norway and right here at home, too. saab­

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