Why Will Space-Based ADS-B Be So Important?

Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) is now an everyday term and a familiar technology across the world. As mandated equipage dates edge closer, operators are experiencing the advantages of ADS-B, via Air Traffic Control’s (ATC) ability to monitor and direct air traffic within areas previously not covered by traditional radar.
Because ATC now receives more flight profile and intention information from equipped aircraft, these aircraft are also better informed to enable reduced separation, which allows for more flexible flight planning.