In partnership with leading Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) from around the world, like NAV CANADA, ENAV, NATS, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon is set to revolutionize the global aviation industry. In 2018, Aireon will deploy a global satellite-based system capable of tracking and monitoring aircraft around the globe in real-time.
The system will extend Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) across the entire planet and provide 100 percent surveillance coverage of ADS-B equipped aircraft in real-time.
Unlike traditional air traffic monitoring and tracking systems, which are costly to deploy over large geographic areas and limited to line-of-sight, Aireon’s space-based ADS-B system will extend ADS-B coverage over oceans, mountains, remote areas and polar regions to provide real-time visibility of ADS-B equipped aircraft anywhere in the world.
Space-based ADS-B surveillance will also bypass the limitations of ground-based radar, Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) and ADS-B surveillance systems, which are often restricted by location, cost and power requirements and leave an estimated 70 percent of global airspace without real-time aircraft surveillance coverage.
Although Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Contract (ADS-C) can enhance situational awareness for air traffic controllers in areas without surveillance coverage, the high cost of aircraft equipage typically restricts ADS-C to large, twin-aisle aircraft, with position updates only provided every 10 to 18 minutes.
By eliminating these blind spots and delays, space-based ADS-B surveillance will enable the optimization of flight paths and altitudes, increasing operational and fuel efficiency for airlines, while significantly reducing infrastructure costs for the world’s ANSPs. Space-based ADS-B air traffic surveillance will enable the optimization of flight paths and altitudes, increasing operational and fuel efficiency for airlines while reducing infrastructure costs for the world’s ANSP.
Aireon is leveraging the Iridium NEXT constellation, scheduled to complete deployment by mid-2018. Iridium NEXT will host Aireon ADS-B payloads on 66 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, relaying signals from ADS-B equipped commercial aircraft to aviation stakeholders worldwide.
Aireon expects to have an operational, global, space-based air traffic surveillance solution by 2018.