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Aireon Strengthens ADS-B Coverage

Iridium plans to launch its fourth batch of NEXT satellites in December, bringing the total number to 40 out of the 66 planned to be operational by mid-2018.  The constellation includes another nine orbiting spares and six more ground spares. Among hosted payloads on NEXT, the Aireon network of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers supplied by Harris is already transmitting more than 3 billion ADS-B messages. Read Full Article 

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Nav Canada’s Next Frontier is in Space

Corporation bets $150-million on satellite-based plane-tracking system. From California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying 10 satellites destined for near-Earth orbit, part of Nav Canada’s ambitious plan to wrap the globe in a digital net. The full constellation of satellites, numbering 66 by the summer, will track airplanes and give air-traffic controllers the precise locations of aircraft flying over 70 percent of the world – oceans, mountains and remote areas- not covered by ground-based systems. Read Full Article

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Realizing The Potential of Space-Based Aircraft Surveillance

Space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) offers potentially major gains for aircraft operators and air navigation service providers. EUROCONTROL experts are helping to assess the benefits and challenges of introducing this significant new technology. Read Full Article

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Popular Science: The Year’s 10 Most Incredible Aerospace Inventions

This article is a segment of 2017’s Best of What’s New list. For the complete tabulation of the year’s most transformative products and discoveries, head right this way. As long as planes have existed, they’ve been virtually unaccounted for when they fly more than 200 miles offshore. Air-traffic controllers track planes via ground-based receivers, called ADS-Bs, that pick up signals from transponders inside aircraft. By launching those receivers skyward on 81 satellites, 40 of which went up this year, Aireon will deliver the first unimpeded view of crafts flying over…

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