Aireon is partnering with aviation industry leaders to provide services for a safer, more efficient airspace.

Aireon is a joint venture between Iridium Communications, NAV CANADA, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Enav and Naviair, with support from supplier Harris Corporation. Partnered with some of the largest aviation contributors, Aireon is providing technology that will expand air traffic surveillance innovation for a safer,  more efficient global airspace. 

NAV CANADA is Canada’s private sector civil air navigation services provider. With operations from coast to coast, NAV CANADA provides air traffic control, flight information, weather briefings, aeronautical information services, airport advisory services and electronic aids to navigation. In addition to being a partner in the joint venture, NAV CANADA has also signed on as Aireon’s first customer, starting with the busy North Atlantic airspace.

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As the operator of the world’s furthest-reaching satellite network, Iridium is the only company with the capability to enable a global space-based surveillance system that covers all potential flight paths on the planet. With 66 cross-linked Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, Iridium NEXT is uniquely suited to meet the technical requirements of global ADS-B surveillance.


Enav is the Italian Air Navigation Service Provider. They manage air traffic control in Italian skies including 1.8 million flights per year from 44 Control Towers and 4 Area Control Centres across its national territory. Enav plays a leading role in important multilateral programmes, projects, joint ventures and activities which include SESAR, BLUE MED, 4-FLIGHT/Coflight, Aireon and ESSP-EGNOS. Enav is a component of the European ATM (Air Traffic Management) system and it participates with full rights in all the activities of development, operational validation, research and coordination with systems that are perfectly integrated with the international technological context.


IAA is a commercial semi-state company that is responsible for the provision of Air Traffic Management (ATM) in Irish controlled airspace (covering some 451,000 square km) and state airports, aeronautical communications on the North Atlantic, and the safety and security regulation of the civil aviation industry in Ireland. IAA will operate the Aireon ALERT 24/7 communications facility at its North Atlantic Communications centre in Ballygirreen, Ireland.


Naviair provides safe and efficient aviation infrastructure in Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Naviair also owns 50 percent of Nordic Unified Air Traffic Control (NUAC HB) which provides integrated en-route area control services in the Danish-Swedish Functional Airspace Block (FAB) from three control centers in Denmark and Sweden. Naviair is an independent company owned by the Danish state and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Harris and Exelis have joined forces – creating a stronger company with the scale, capabilities and commitment to innovation and excellence to deliver even greater value to their customers.  Harris provides advanced, technology-based solutions that solve government and commercial customers’ mission critical challenges. The company employs 9,000 engineers and scientists while supporting customers in more than 125 countries and has also deployed 650 ground stations, three data control stations , and two network operations centers to run the FAA’s ADS-B system.  Harris is assisting Iridium and Aireon in developing the Iridium NEXT architecture and the Aireon Hosted Payloads. They also play a role in ensuring that the space-based service seamlessly integrates with and extends the existing land-based system.