Only a few months after SpaceX launched the last set of Iridium Communications satellites into orbit, the fresh network is usually helping deliver critical data to aviation officials.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded Boeing’s 737 Max airplanes on Wednesday, after receiving data by air traffic surveillance company Aireon about the deadly crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.

Aireon’s system piggybacks on Iridium’s network of 75 satellites. supposed to become fully operational in a few weeks, Aireon can track airplanes anywhere on the planet. although the company’s data is usually already proving to be critical, as Aireon said in a statement to which “the system was able to capture information associated with Flight 302.”

While Aireon declined to make company officials available for an interview while the investigation is usually ongoing, the company said which is usually working with federal officials to provide them with raw data. Even though the Aireon system has not been fully rolled out, the company is usually able to provide investigators with information about an aircraft’s location, velocity, altitude as well as also also more.

“Our sympathies go out to the families of the passengers as well as also also crew of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302,” Aireon said in a statement. Aireon gave “the data transmitted by Flight 302” to support the investigations of the FAA as well as also also several different aviation authorities, the company said.

Even after dozens of countries grounded Boeing’s 737 Max, the FAA did not. which was only until “actionable data” arrived by Aireon which the FAA made the decision, Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell told

“We cannot comment on the cause of the tragedy or the outcome of the investigation, only which we have provided the data,” Aireon clarified in its statement.