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Aireon, NAV Canada’s joint venture with US-based satellite provider Iridium Communications, is set to launch 10 Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payload-carrying satellites from Vandenberg AFB, California, via SpaceX launch vehicles in mid-September, NAV Canada President and CEO Neil Wilson said Aug. 25 at the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) Air Safety Forum in Washington DC…
“With ground-based ADS-B, today only 30% of the world’s airspace is subject to air-traffic surveillance; that is all about to change,” Wilson said. “When the Aireon ADS-B payloads are in orbit on the Iridium NEXT constellation of … satellites, the remaining 70% of the world’s airspace will be visible.