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The final six payloads for Aireon’s satellite-based global aircraft tracking system, built into the Iridium NEXT satellites, are due online in a matter of weeks. The company is already processing more than 13 billion aircraft position reports each month from more than three thousand aircraft. That number is expected to increase to 25 billion monthly reports as more aircraft owners equip their planes with ADS-B transmitters and the constellation comes fully online.
Keeping track of position and speed of every commercial aircraft in the sky is about to be a reality.