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Flying in the cloud with GE

Engineers at General Electric's Global Research facility in Niskayuna are working to land airplanes on a more predictable schedule with the help of cloud technology.

Cloud computing, which is used in everyday life by people to remotely store their music, photos, videos and other files, would be used by air traffic controllers, airlines and pilots to allow for a smoother sharing of real-time information that will help improve aircraft operations and airspace efficiency.

A full story about the company's use of cloud computing can be found HERE.

Liling Ren, an electrical engineer working on the project, said air passengers would have the benefit of better communication between people flying the planes and people on the ground, with the result being estimated arrival times coming much closer to actual arrival times.

"Cloud computing has the potential to fundamentally change how air traffic management operates today," Ren said in a statement.

Below you can watch Ren and Project Manager Mike Durling talk about the project.

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