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Aireon Announces Key Support for New Line of Business

Jonathan Astill of NATS to Guide Aireon Air Traffic Flow Management Services

Aireon today announced that Jonathan Astill, from NATS, has been tapped for strategic support and expertise to develop the new Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) Services line of business for Aireon. Astill, will act as Vice President and General Manager of ATFM Services and will develop Aireon’s ATFM business line, closely collaborate with introductory customers and establish a channel of partners to ensure a smooth rollout of the company’s offering.

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Fly there faster? New satellite coverage promises to revolutionize air traffic control

The aircraft symbols inch their way across the computer monitor — Air France 378 en route from Paris to Detroit; Delta 85, a Boeing 777 headed to Atlanta; and Lufthansa 412, an Airbus A350 flying Munich to Newark. At first blush, there’s nothing exceptional about the air traffic control display — except for the piece of airspace it depicts. These aircraft over the North Atlantic are far beyond the range of ground-based radar. What makes this real-time depiction of oceanic air traffic possible is a new constellation of satellites now…

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How airliners are guided across a vast area of the Atlantic that’s out of radar range

Nats said: ‘In radar airspace there is either a five nautical mile or three nautical mile minimum separation laterally between aircraft, however, over the North Atlantic it is 60nm laterally and for aircraft following on the same route it is based on time – essentially 10 minutes apart. For aircraft crossing another aircraft at the same level it is increased further to 15 minutes.’ And aircraft are given fixed speeds to make sure they don’t catch up with the plane in front. The tracks are set up after requests for…

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Aireon System Deployment Continues with Sixth Successful Launch

Launch comes on the heels of the United Kingdom’s air traffic services provider, NATS, joining Aireon as investors

MCLEAN, Va. – May 22, 2018 – Aireon announced today the sixth successful launch and deployment of its space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads, hosted by the Iridium® NEXT satellite constellation. At 12:47:58 PM PDT (19:47:58 UTC), a flight-proven SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, bringing the total number of Aireon payloads in orbit to 55. This leaves just two more launches of 10 satellites each before the launch campaign concludes in 2018. The Aireon system will go live in 2018, with the…

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