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Aireon begins intensively testing orbiting space-based ADS-B payload

After being handed complete control of its space-based ADS-B transceiver payload on one of the first 10 orbiting Iridium NEXT low-earth orbit communications satellites on 24 February, Aireon expects to receive control of another seven payloads “roughly over the next month” for testing, once Iridium has raised the satellites to their operational orbits. Speaking to RGN, Aireon CEO Don Thoma says that after the first 10 satellites were launched on 14 January – on a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster launched from Vandenberg AFB in California – Iridium monopolized testing of…

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Aireon Gets into Initial Space-Based ADS-B Testing

Now that the first 10 satellites of the Iridium NEXT constellation have launched, Aireon can begin the initial process of testing and validating its space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) global air traffic surveillance network. Read Full Article

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Associated Press: It’s getting harder for a plane to vanish and not be found

Nearly three years after a Malaysian airliner vanished, it’s still possible, if unlikely, for a plane to disappear. But that’s changing with new satellites that will soon allow flights to be tracked in real time over oceans. New international safety standards also begin to kick-in beginning next year, although the deadline for airlines to meet most of the standards is still four years away. Even then, it could be decades before the changes permeate the entire global airline fleet because some of the requirements apply only to newly manufactured planes….

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The era of space-based surveillance is here!

Launching from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the SpaceX Falcon 9 is on schedule to deliver the first 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low-earth orbit. Iridium is hosting specially designed Aireon receivers on each satellite, covering 100 per cent of the globe to offer global air traffic surveillance. The orbital configuration of the low-latency, cross-linked Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites provides complete global coverage, including oceanic and polar regions, without the need for ground stations. The LEO altitude allows the aircraft signals to be received in space without any…

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