NEWS & UPDATES

Space-Based ADS-B Lifts Off

Space-based automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) is here. In January 2019, Aireon’s final 10 payloads were successfully launched into space aboard Iridium NEXT satellites. The space-based ADS-B network – comprising 75 satellites in total, 66 operational payloads and nine spares – is now fully operational. Don Thoma, CEO of Aireon, admits there were plenty of challenges to get to this point. Even though the original concept for ADS-B dates back to an FAA-sponsored study in 1973, the first ADS-B ground stations were only successfully demonstrated in 2001 in Alaska. Read…

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Why Will Space-Based ADS-B Be So Important?

Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) is now an everyday term and a familiar technology across the world. As mandated equipage dates edge closer, operators are experiencing the advantages of ADS-B, via Air Traffic Control’s (ATC) ability to monitor and direct air traffic within areas previously not covered by traditional radar.

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2019 Predictions: The Year to Expect More of Flight Tracking and ADS-B

In recent years, flight tracking has been modernized. Traditionally, flight tracking over oceans, deserts, and other remote regions required hardware to be installed on aircraft along with a datalink subscription. New modernized global flight tracking leverages space-based ADS-B, enhancing flight tracking capabilities and allowing for operators to meet recent GADSS recommendations.

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