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Aireon will begin operational testing of its satellite-based surveillance system next year and will cover all of the world’s airspace in 2018, when Iridium’s network of 66 low-orbit satellites is aloft, Don Thoma, chief executive of Aireon, said in an interview.
The company has agreements with authorities that govern 45 percent of the world’s airspace now and is aiming to reach agreements with authorities in India, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and Peru next year, he added.