Successful First SpaceX Launch


January 14th, 2017 was the successful first launch and deployment of ten Iridium NEXT satellites hosting Aireon’s space-based ADS-B system.  Once in orbit, each satellite will undergo extensive testing by the Iridium team. After approximately 40-60 days, Iridium will hand-off the ADS-B payloads to Aireon for verification of on-orbit technical specifications. Aireon will then conduct 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 Harris Corporation, will provide 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.