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Aireon Announces US$200 Million Credit Facility with Deutsche Bank

01/16/2019

Aireon LLC today announced it has signed a credit facility agreement for US$200 million with a group of several independent investor funds, led by Deutsche Bank. This credit facility provides Aireon with the resources to fund various company initiatives and to continue to pay Iridium for the costs related to the integration, launch and hosting of the AireonSM payload on each of the 81 Iridium® NEXT satellites. 

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The age of the missing airliner is coming to an end

01/14/2019

Eighty years after her disappearance, many still wonder what happened to Amelia Earhart when she vanished somewhere in the Pacific Ocean on her fateful round-the-world flight. Yet, though air travel is safer than it has ever been, the intervening time has not provided an enormous upgrade of our ability to track aircraft far from land-based radar. Real Full Article 

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SpaceX launch completes Iridium satellite refresh

01/14/2019

Ten spacecraft have launched from California to complete the $3bn refurbishment of the original satellite phone system, Iridium. A SpaceX Falcon rocket carried the platforms aloft. They will go live in the network in the coming weeks. The original Iridium constellation was put up in the late 90s to link calls to any location on the planet. This function will continue, but the new satellites carry some add-ons to support additional services. One is monitoring technology to surveil the movements of planes. The UK’s air traffic management company, NATS, and…

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A New Era of Global Aircraft Surveillance is on the Horizon as Aireon Completes System Deployment

01/11/2019

MCLEAN, Va. – January 11, 2019 – Aireon announced today a successful eighth and final launch and deployment of the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation hosting the Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads. At 7:31 AM PST (15:31 UTC) a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and placed the final 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low earth orbit (LEO). This launch brought the total number of Aireon payloads in orbit to 75 (66 operational payloads and 9 spares), completing the historic launch program…

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