On Your Six: Interview with Jim Ullmann, NATCA Director of Safety & Technology

With the third launch of our AireonSM payloads hosted by the Iridium® NEXT constellation about to take place, we’d like to introduce a new blog series, “On Your Six.”  In this series, we’ll be sitting down with industry leaders and ask them, you guessed it, a series of six questions relating to today’s aviation industry. To kick things off, we’re excited to share our first post of “On Your Six” with NATCA Director of Safety & Technology, Jim Ullmann.  In September of 2015, Jim retired from the FAA after 26…

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Third Set of Iridium® NEXT Satellites Arrive in Orbit and Provide Telemetry

MCLEAN, Va. – October 11, 2017 – Iridium Communications announced today that the third set of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, launched Monday by SpaceX, are functioning nominally and have begun the testing and validation process. This batch of 10 satellites was launched out of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, increasing the total number of Iridium NEXT satellites in space to 30. “Since Monday’s success, all things are pointing positive,” said Scott Smith, chief operating officer at Iridium. “The team at the Satellite Network Operations Center (SNOC) is ready and…

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Successful Third Launch Brings 10 More Aireon Payloads to Orbit

Space-Based ADS-B data already displaying significant value as NAV CANADA, Enav, Naviair, the IAA, ATNS and FlightAware have established live data connections

MCLEAN, VA (9 October 2017) – Aireon announced today the successful launch and deployment of the third batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, carrying its space-based automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) payloads.  Conducted from Vandenberg Air Force Base with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 5:37 a.m. PDT, this launch has increased the total number of Aireon payloads in orbit to 30, with another 45 destined for space in a series of five additional launches planned over the next ten months.  Aireon is well on its way to become the first…

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A Day In The Life: Orlando Alvarez

Learn more about Aireon from the Aireon team themselves. This series, “A Day in The Life,” will allow the Aireon team to speak first-hand about their experiences, views, and future outlook on space-based ADS-B.  Aireon is proud of our extraordinary team of experts and aim to highlight them in this blog series. We hope you enjoying meeting the Aireon team and further understand our strong commitment to aviation. My name is Orlando Alvarez and I’m the Director of Business Systems and IT for Aireon. I’m responsible for the direction of Corporate IT…

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