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Since its launch in 2019, Aireon’s space-based ADS-B technology has provided a new method of flight surveillance, one that closes an essential gap in coverage created by traditional ground-based surveillance systems.
Before Aireon, classic radar and ground-based ADS-B left an estimated 70 percent of the global airspace unsurveilled, primarily due to limitations in surveillance caused by extreme conditions and decreased line of sight capabilities in remote regions of the globe, like mountains, oceans and polar regions.
Now, a year-and-a-half since its system went live, Aireon operates on a constellation of 66 Iridium satellites that receive broadcasts from ADS-B equipped aircraft every 2-8 seconds, effectively ensuring real-time 100 percent surveillance of global air traffic.
And Aireon’s presence in the aviation industry continues to grow. New safety certifications from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and expanded commercial data services capabilities are driving an expanding list of ANSP customers around the world. And through one of the most turbulent periods in aviation’s history, Aireon has also taken on a new role in the industry, providing data insights to help aid in the growth of global traffic recovery.