As a freshman at the University of Central Florida, Jack Sweeney inspired his love of Tesla, SpaceX and the aerospace industry. He knows a thing or two about aircraft systems and how GPS positioning information becomes a problem with publicly available data.
He learned the part from his father, who Jack says worked in the airline industry. Combining his knowledge of intelligent programming, at the age of 18, Jack developed an algorithm that could take public aircraft data and extract the required information from these otherwise mundane aircraft information, resulting in a useful way to view some of the most Interesting when and where the private jet will next take off.
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Sweeney learned early on that the richness of information is the reams of ADS-B data, such as the aircraft’s GPS position, altitude, and ground speed that aircraft in flight transmit to ground stations every second. ADS-B, short for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, was originally designed to interface between aircraft avionics and air traffic control systems.
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What Elon Musk’s G650 private jet has revealed
A recent trip from a private airport in Miami to Oakland, California, near Twitter’s San Francisco home and less than an hour from Tesla’s Fremont factory, revealed the following to the public on Twitter:
- 2,574-mile flight from OPF to OAK lands in Miami in 5 hours and 18 minutes
- Uses 2,673 gallons of fuel weighing 17,915 pounds
- $17,348 in fuel costs
- 28 tons of CO2 emissions
You can see the estimated carbon emissions for each of Musk’s private jet trips. The data shared on ElonJet also shows the fuel consumption, cost and duration of private flights.
The air-to-ground air traffic system provides many common data points. The billionaire is most irritated by the location of his jet and its next destination. The information made it nearly impossible for Musk to arrive at one of his business locations without warning.
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Russian oligarch and communist leader Vladimir Putin’s jet appears to fly only inside Russian airspace, and Jack is also following the men. Task forces from NATO countries are no doubt interested in seizing any of the multimillion-dollar private jets, and they’re excited to see where each one might land next.
Aircraft Data Disclosure
Many popular flight tracking apps, such as FlightAware and FlightRadar24, readily available in app stores, use the same aircraft data for tracking.
A sort ofnon-profit Since 2013, a company called OpenSky Network has been collecting raw, unfiltered aircraft data and making it available to researchers and academics. They have collected over 30 trillion ADS-B, Mode S, TCAS and FLARM messages and claim to have the world’s largest air traffic surveillance data set.
Jack Sweeney’s use of ElonJet tech is no different than the popular plane tracking app
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Today, the same data is used in many popular flight tracking apps, such as FlightRadar24, which is readily available on Google Play and Apple App Stores, in addition to Sweeney’s automated jet info displaying information about famous aircraft. Another app, OpenADSB, can track Elon’s jet, and any other aircraft you want to see, just by entering the registration number (also known as the “N” number) at the tail.
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Jack also posts his private jet tracking on Instagram, Facebook, Telegram and Truth.you can seeAll his aircraft tracking feeds are linked hereSo far, Jack hasn’t charged for clever auto-updates, only offering them as a service to gain insight into areas the super-rich and controlling billionaires don’t want to discuss. Aside from Musk’s Twitter, no social media network has expressed interest in banning or censoring Jack’s various plane-tracking projects.
shoot the messenger
Why target a bright 20-year-old college student who idolizes an innovator like Musk when Sweeney admits that ultimately all he wants is to intern with Musk?
If you don’t like the public data that’s made available thanks to the FAA and aviation’s legacy processes designed to help planes fly, change it like you did with electric cars and space travel.
Dear Elon, what chance do you have of taking this opportunity to step out of the wizarding shadows and choose to embrace another brilliant being who might help you get to Mars? At the very least, you can both add some meaningful friends instead of attacking someone older than you.
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Just like now, I see a tech billionaire bully who looks more like the Wicked Witch of the West hunting down Toto, the dog from The Wizard of Oz, to ruin Dorothy’s journey.
We all know how it turned out.