Spidertracks Blog

New Product Announcement - Introducing the Spider X

Zandri Banks
January 31, 2020

Unlock a new horizon of aircraft data insights, connectivity, safety, and efficiency.

We’re proud to announce the launch of the Spider X, our next-generation Spider hardware.

It wasn’t much more than a decade ago when aircraft tracking was feasible only for the top tier of the industry. Innovation in the sector typically followed a traditional pathway of heavy boxes that required integration into aircraft systems, and the cost and complexity of these precluded mainstream adoption. We came to market with fresh thinking and a delightfully simple product philosophy that broke down these barriers, and revolutionised the sector. Today, aircraft tracking has industry-wide adoption - and the results of this are an increase in safety, and operational efficiencies.

Ten years on, we took this to a whole new level, with the release of Virtual FDR™ - an adaptive sampling algorithm on the Spider that provides an accurate, high-resolution representation of an aircraft’s actual flight path and movements in (near) real-time. As a trusted provider of aviation safety services, we have a dedicated Iridium® channel for all mission-critical data, giving customers the assurance of receiving high-quality data, on-time every-time, without reliance on cellular availability, or retrieving an SD card.

Spider X expands on the power of Virtual FDR™ with the introduction of an attitude and heading reference system. AHRS data is transmitted over the air, allowing simple and easy access to information about the aircraft’s orientation and position. This innovative piece of hardware was built and developed in-house by our passionate team, and packed with forward-thinking tech such as WiFi, cellular, Bluetooth, USB-C, and serial port interface capability, to provide the ideal development and integration platform.

Building on the advanced functionality of its predecessors, the Spider X will make flight data monitoring (FDM) accessible for the general aviation industry as a simple, easy to install, lightweight, and affordable solution.

Dave Blackwell with the Spider X at HAI Heli-Expo 2020
“I am really proud of what the team has delivered with the SpiderX. The look, feel, and design concepts reflect 13 years of aviation DNA and learnings, and future-proofs our customers to meet their ever-evolving requirements,” notes Dave Blackwell, CEO of Spidertracks.

Our mission is to continue making the aviation community a safer place to live and operate in. We’re challenging the status quo by carving out a unique opportunity for a digital transformation in a traditionally analogue industry, to deliver more usable insights and gain better understanding.

We’re breaking down the barriers of traditional flight data recording by digitising the analogue, and unlocking significant value for you to better operate, analyse, and optimise your business processes and operations.

To learn more about the Spider X and its capabilities, visit the solutions page here.


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