Spidertracks sends your GPS location in real-time from the Spider in your aircraft through the Iridium Satellite Network, and displays the track of your flight on the spidertracks website. Depending on your usage there will be a pricing plan to suit.
Spidertracks knows the location of your aircraft or vehicle, its speed, altitude and heading, based on its GPS coordinates.
The portable Spider in the aircraft receives and transmits the location information via the Iridium Satellite Network in real-time.
The 66 Iridium Satellites transmit the location information back to the Iridium servers on the ground.
The position information is sent from Iridium to spidertracks' servers in the United States.
The data is translated into a track of the flight online. And all of this happens in a matter of seconds!
Active tracking with Watch
On power up, the Spider sends one position report to locate itself when set to Automated Watch. No more position reports are transmitted until the aircraft takes off, and then it sends your location every two minutes. The spidertracks' servers are waiting for each position reports to come in throughout the flight.
At the successful end of a flight simply press Watch on the keypad to tell the spidertracks' servers you've landed safely. If the worst should happen during your flight, and the Spider stops transmitting, the spidertracks' servers will recognize something has gone wrong. The Spider doesn't have to survive a crash for you to be found as the website will automatically send out SOS messages to your support people. Watch has no extra cost. View the Watch animation.
Standard tracking with custom reporting
Standard tracking is where the spidertracks' servers passively record your location, displaying your flight on the map. Set the Spider reporting rate to any time, distance, or a combination of both time and distance, remotely online.
The Spider will send your location as soon as it has power, and continue at the reporting rate set, whether the aircraft has taken off or not. Should you have an emergency you can send an SOS message by manually pressing the SOS button, however the spidertracks' servers will not automatically send out an SOS if you don't press the button. You last location is still recorded.
Iridium satellite network
Spidertracks uses the Iridium satellite network to send your location. Unlike all other networks, Iridium's 66 orbiting satellites cover every spot on the earth's surface every minute, simultaneously. So you're never out of sight.
With other emergency locator transmitters, even if they survive a crash you may have to wait hours to get a satellite overhead. That's nearly as bad as having an ELT that doesn't work at all.