A display to view flights and drones in an airspace in real-time.
Flight Spotlight enables you to see flights in realtime by subscribing to updates to a geographic area. It can display live manned and unmanned air traffic on a 3D globe and additionally display geo-fences etc. In the context of UTM / U-Space you can identify drone traffic using Network Remote-ID, accept feeds for broadcast Remote-ID data and plug in live ADS-B or other air-traffic data. From an unmanned aviation perspective, currently there is ASTM Network and Broadcast Remote-ID standards and they are implemented, as other standards are released, they can be enabled as well.
The live feed and the identification data is processed using a complementary server application called Flight Blender. Flight Blender can fuse and stream manned and unmanned flight data using multiple technologies: ADS-B, Radar, FLARM etc. Network Remote-ID capabilities are also provided by Flight Blender as a specialized module.
This software is compatible with all ASTM and EuroCAE upcoming standards for UTM / U-Space
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All data is in 3D + time
Docker and Docker Compose files are available for running this on your own infrastructure. To install a production server please follow our Installation Guide.
This project uses Node JS and Express JS, a Tile 38 and Redis server, and can connect to a DSS instance. If you are using a DSS instance, you will need a JWT token to connect to the airspace. For that, you will need a approved UTM / U-Space OAUTH server (e.g. Flight Passport).
git clone https://github.com/openskies-sh/flight-spotlight
cp .env.sample .env
Once you have the Docker container running, you can follow the instructions below to “subscribe” to flights in a AOI:
http://localhost:5000/spotlightin your browser to launch the application. You should see a globe and a control to input a Area of Interest (AOI).
Flight tracking data can be submitted to Flight Spotlight by an Display provider like Flight Blender via the accompanying software like Flight Launchpad, for more information see the diagram below