Successful First SpaceX Launch


January 14th, 2017 was the successful first launch and deployment of ten Iridium satellites hosting Aireon’s space-based ADS-B system. Once in orbit, each satellite underwent extensive testing by the Iridium team. After approximately 40-60 days, Iridium handed-off the ADS-B payloads to Aireon for verification of on-orbit technical specifications. Aireon then conducted rigorous independent testing and validation of the space-based ADS-B system for approximately 60 days. As part of this testing and validation process, Aireon’s ADS-B receivers, which were manufactured by L3Harris Corporation, provided air traffic surveillance data through the Aireon network to SDPs at partners NAV CANADA, NATS, ENAV, the Irish Aviation Authority, as well as the FAA.