Aireon is working on a space-based system to enable ADS-B surveillance and tracking in areas where it would otherwise not be available.
In 2018, Aireon says it will provide the first global air traffic surveillance system using a space-based ADS-B network that makes it possible to extend visibility across the entire planet.
Speaking at the 2016 Aircraft eEnablement Connectivity and IFE Conference, Peter Norbjerg, European Regional Director, Aireon, said that around 30 percent of the globe is covered by ADS-B surveillance.
But the tracking drops off about 300km away from the coast and 70 per cent of the earth’s surface is currently not under surveillance.
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