Space-Based ADS-B: Going Live in the North Atlantic Airspace


On February 7, 2019, Aireon took full control over the final six ADS-B payloads from Iridium for its space-based ADS-B surveillance system. Effectively, this marks a redesign of traditional ground-based ADS-B radio receivers into space-grade receivers with vastly improved capability and coverage.

Hosted on the Iridium Next satellite constellation, the system is projected to provide 100% surveillance of air traffic globally, providing a technological leap in the way air traffic controllers and pilots operate in remote and oceanic regions. Aireon first started receiving space-based ADS-B messages in January 2017, with the network becoming stronger since then as Iridium has gradually completed the launch of its 66-satellite constellation.

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