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, NATS 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 a private, not-for-profit company, established in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace. The Company is internationally recognized for its safety record, and technology innovation. Air traffic management systems developed by NAV CANADA are used by air navigation service providers in countries worldwide. NAV CANADA is a founding partner of Aireon LLC, an international joint venture deploying a space based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system that will expand air traffic surveillance to all regions of the globe.

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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 45 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.

NATS is a leading air traffic management and solutions company, established in the UK in 1962 and now operating in countries around the world.

NATS handled 2.6 million flights in 2017, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic from its centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire. NATS also provides air traffic services at 14 UK airports; at Gibraltar Airport and, in a joint venture with Ferrovial, at a number of airport towers in Spain.

Building on its reputation for operational excellence and innovation, NATS offers aerodrome, data, engineering, capacity, efficiency and environmental performance solutions to customers worldwide, including airports, airlines air traffic service providers and Governments.

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The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is a commercial semi state company employing approximately 670 people at five main locations in Ireland. The Irish Aviation Authority promotes and regulates the safety of aviation in Ireland. The IAA is committed to developing and implementing effective strategies, regulatory frameworks and processes to ensure that aviation activities under our oversight achieve the highest practicable level of safety. The IAA 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 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.

HarrisHarris 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.