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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Operational Trail of Aireon Service Shows Potential for Big Benefits

At the end of March, together with NAV CANADA, we started trial use of Aireon’s satellite based ADS-B system to track aircraft flying through the world’s busiest piece of oceanic airspace – the North Atlantic. That has allowed us to progress from the traditional, procedural form of control where aircraft reported their position every 14 minutes, to one which is virtually real-time, with track updates every few seconds. That transformation means we’ve been able to begin reducing aircraft separations and for airlines to begin flying at the speed that best…

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Getting Ready for a Space-Based Revolution

At the end of March, a revolution will begin in the skies over the North Atlantic, as for the first time in the history of air travel, earth orbiting satellites will be used to monitor and manage flights in near real-time.

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