Global ADS-B Surveillance is Now Live

Global air traffic surveillance is now a reality. Aireon’s space-based ADS-B system is up and running and it has launched a trial of its service over the North Atlantic. “For the first time in history, we can surveil all ADS-B-equipped aircraft anywhere on Earth,” said Don Thoma, Aireon CEO, at an April 2 press briefing at Washington’s International Trade Center. Aireon’s solution relies on transponders embedded on each of the satellites in Iridium’s NEXT constellation, comprising 66 online with 6 in-orbit spares and 9 grounded spares. Iridium finished building its constellation in January and…

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

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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