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As Satellites Launch, Aireon’s System Nears Debut

Seven years after it started developing an aircraft surveillance system based on satellites, the Aireon joint venture of Iridium Communications, Nav Canada and other partners is close to providing air navigation service providers (ANSP) the “complete visibility” over oceanic and polar regions that it originally promised. Aireon’s core business will be to provide aircraft surveillance data to subscribing ANSPs. Through a partnership with flight-tracking data company FlightAware, it is supporting a web-based tracking dashboard for airlines called GlobalBeacon. And its space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) network will be available to…

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This Innovation May Save Airlines and Air Cargo Carriers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

It’s a good time to be an airline. Low fuel prices, cheap credit, and rising demand for air travel—particularly on budget flights—allowed airlines to add to their fleets and carry an unprecedented 4.1 billion passengers in 2017, a 7.1% increase from a year earlier, according to the United Nation’s civil aviation authority. But while that growth makes for a lot more paying customers, it also makes for more aircraft competing for airspace in some of the world’s busiest airspace. Air traffic controllers face a particularly thorny challenge when routing a…

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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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