Tracking airplanes in real time with ADS-B


A consumer grade DVB-T stick can be used as a low cost, software controlled ADS-B receiver that operates at 1090 MHz. The open source community delivers free libraries and programs for analyzing the data. Users can also start out with a simple rod antenna and observe aircraft in real time within a radius of more than 100 kilometers. Once the data are collected in a file, you can perform statistical analysis.


The low cost ADS-B receiver for this set-up comes in the form of a software controlled DVB-T stick that operates at a frequency of 1090 MHz. In addition, the open source community has made free libraries and programs available for the device. A straightforward rod antenna has a reach greater than 100 kilometers, meaning that the whole set up lets you instantly track air traffic that is within range.

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