Aireon Activates Service, Begins Flight-Tracking Trials


WASHINGTON — Aircraft tracking company Aireon initiated service with its space-based sensor network April 2, starting global monitoring of aircraft location and velocity on a near real-time basis.

“Today is when we start generating revenue,” Aireon CEO Don Thoma said at a news conference here.

Air traffic regulators from Canada and the U.K. have started trials with Aireon’s service, Thoma said, focusing on flight paths across the North Atlantic Ocean.

Aireon’s sensor network rides on the Iridium Next constellation, which consists of 66 operational satellites, nine orbiting spares and six ground spares all equipped with Aireon sensors. NAV Canada and the U.K.’s NATS are both investors and customers for Aireon.

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