It was a momentous and exciting day in June 2012 when Iridium announced plans for an innovative approach to leverage its Iridium NEXT satellite constellation to support the next-generation of air traffic surveillance capabilities. It was on that day that Aireon LLC was formed.
In the decade since the inception, Aireon has become an integral part of the global aviation community, bringing new levels of safety, operational efficiency, and situational awareness to stakeholders. Working hand-in-hand with its partners, investors, and the ANSP community, Aireon has grown to be the world’s leading provider of space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) services. In just the three years since becoming operational, Aireon data now supports about 50 percent of the global airspace guiding aircraft safely to their destinations. This includes more than 40 countries and about 20 ANSPs.
And Aireon is just getting started. Buoyed by innovation and engineering expertise, Aireon is poised for significant growth in the future. Looking to expand its customer base to the wider aviation industry via its market-leading product families – AireonSTREAM, which provides streaming data services; AireonINSIGHTS, which integrates Aireon ADS-B data with contextual information, such as weather and flight status; and AireonFLOW which supports air traffic flow management.
“All of our success has been made possible by our hardworking team, our trusted partners, and supportive investors. We hope to bring this decade of successes, enthusiasm, and innovative thinking into our next generation of technologies. As we look towards the future, we remain committed to our mission to deliver the highest quality aviation data products to the aviation community,” said Don Thoma, Aireon CEO.