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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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Airservices Australia Eyes Space-Based Future

Airservices Australia has been a global pioneer in the use of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) for more than a decade. But while few other countries have kept pace in terms of deployment or application, the rapid rate of technological advance means Airservices is already looking to the next evolution in air-traffic control surveillance. Read Full Article 

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