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How satellites helped track Nancy Pelosi’s flight into Taiwan

Hundreds of thousands of people used flight-tracking websites to follow the path of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s historic flight into Taiwan on Tuesday (Aug. 2). 

The real-time track of Pelosi’s flight was made possible by a system known as Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast, or ADS-B, which uses precise tracking enabled by Global Positioning System satellites to provide accurate situational awareness to air traffic controllers. 

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