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Canada-U.K. Venture is Watershed Moment in Air Traffic Control

04/05/2019

A joint venture between Canada’s air traffic control operator NavCanada and satellite company Iridium went live Tuesday with the first air traffic surveillance system capable of providing real-time global coverage. The Aireon system is now in trial use over the North Atlantic, where it is being used by NavCanada and U.K. air traffic control operator NATS. NATS and the air traffic control organizations in Italy, Ireland and Denmark are also investors in Aireon. At a press conference Tuesday, Aireon CEO Don Thoma said that his company’s surveillance system will immediately…

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Space-Based ADS-B: Going Live in the North Atlantic Airspace

04/05/2019

On February 7, 2019, Aireon took full control over the final six ADS-B payloads from Iridium for its space-based ADS-B surveillance system. Effectively, this marks a redesign of traditional ground-based ADS-B radio receivers into space-grade receivers with vastly improved capability and coverage. Hosted on the Iridium Next satellite constellation, the system is projected to provide 100% surveillance of air traffic globally, providing a technological leap in the way air traffic controllers and pilots operate in remote and oceanic regions. Aireon first started receiving space-based ADS-B messages in January 2017, with…

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Aireon Activates Service, Begins Flight-Tracking Trials

04/05/2019

WASHINGTON — Aircraft tracking company Aireon initiated service with its space-based sensor network April 2, starting global monitoring of aircraft location and velocity on a near real-time basis. “Today is when we start generating revenue,” Aireon CEO Don Thoma said at a news conference here. Air traffic regulators from Canada and the U.K. have started trials with Aireon’s service, Thoma said, focusing on flight paths across the North Atlantic Ocean. Aireon’s sensor network rides on the Iridium Next constellation, which consists of 66 operational satellites, nine orbiting spares and six…

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New ADS-B Radar Has Been Labelled the Biggest Aviation Development in Recent Times

04/05/2019

When it comes to tracking planes around the world, this system has made the process a whole lot easier. A new satellite surveillance network is now fully live and being trialled over the North Atlantic, after being launched by US firm Aireon. The system uses a network of 66 space satellites to track aircraft equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities, which can now stream their exact position, including a plane’s position, altitude, direction and speed wherever they are in the world. Currently, the system is being used by NavCanada…

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