Space-based ADS-B – Helping to Integrate Large UAS in Controlled Airspace

12/14/2020

An interview with Don Thoma, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aireon

How can space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) support drone operations?

This will be driven by regulation, especially around what surveillance technologies are going to be used to support drone operations. We have given it some thought. Right now we have agreements with 19 air navigation service providers (ANSPs) representing 39 countries.  As we also have a contract with Eurocontrol that covers air traffic flow management information on flights coming into Europe, we broadly cover all the countries in European airspace as well. So it’s certainly close to 50% of the world who are currently using the Aireon service for some form of support for their air navigation service operations.

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