India to Start Using Space-Based ADS-B by End of 2019

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will become the first air navigation service provider (ANSP) in South Asia to start operating space-based ADS-B, after signing a new contract with Aireon. Under the agreement, Aireon will start providing AAI coverage of all ADS-B OUT 1090 MHz flights within the Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata’s oceanic airspace. These regions are located in the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean and represent over six million square kilometers. Real Full Article

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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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