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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 revolutionizing the global aviation industry. Aireon’s global satellite-based system allows ANSPs to track and monitor aircraft around the globe 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 extends 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 bypasses 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.
Space-based ADS-B air traffic surveillance enables the optimization of flight paths and altitudes, increases operational and fuel efficiency for airlines while reducing infrastructure costs for the world’s ANSPs.
Aireon is leveraging the Iridium NEXT constellation, which hosts Aireon ADS-B payloads on 66 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, relaying signals from ADS-B equipped commercial aircraft to aviation stakeholders worldwide.
Aireon will have an operational, global, space-based air traffic surveillance solution by 2019.