OpenSky - Behind the Scenes

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The OpenSky Network is a community-based receiver network which continuously collects air traffic surveillance data. Unlike other networks it keeps collected data forever and serves as a data provider for researchers all around the globe. OpenSky’s data can be harnessed for very different purposes ranging from desaster analysis to meteological measurements. Because it is impossible to be aware of all use cases it is important to store all raw data in the hope that it will be useful at some point.


OpenSky Tech Stack I - Architectural Overview

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This is the first post of my series about the OpenSky Network. We will have a look at OpenSky’s architecture and the requirements which supported this choice. Requirements We want to collect every single Mode S message emitted all over the globe. – OpenSky’s objective OpenSky formerly started as a research project to collect ADS-B and and later on Mode S data for security research. Due to the lack of available sources, researchers at armasuisse Science and Technology put up a few receivers to collect messages in a MySQL database.