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ADS-B to go worldwide

A space-based worldwide ADS-B system has made a successful start.

US company Aireon has announced the successful launch and deployment of the first 10 satellites hosting its space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) system. Part of the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, the company explains that the space-based ADS-B network will transform air traffic management capabilities - providing real-time air traffic surveillance and flight tracking across 100% of the planet. It adds that, currently, over 70% of the earth, including oceanic and remote airspace, has no existing air traffic surveillance.

Iridium has partnered with SpaceX for a series of 7 launches over 18 months out of Vandenberg Air Force Base. All 81 Iridium NEXT satellites will be equipped with the Aireon payload.

Once in orbit, each satellite will undergo extensive testing by the Iridium team. After ~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 system for ~60 days. As part of this testing and validation process, Aireon’s ADS-B receivers, manufactured by Harris Corporation, will provide air traffic surveillance data through the Aireon network to Service Delivery Points (SDPs) at partners NAV CANADA, NATS (UK), ENAV (Italy), IAA (Ireland)) and FAA (US).

The network will also provide a new service known as Aireon ALERT, a free global emergency-aircraft tracking service that will be hosted and operated by the IAA. Aireon is also in partnership with FlightAware, and together launched the GlobalBeacon flight tracking service - designed to help airlines comply with ICAO Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) requirements, which will provide airlines with minute-by-minute flight tracking data.

Juliet Kennedy, NATS Operations Director, comments: 'Many congratulations to both Aireon and Iridium on the success of their first launch. We look forward to further successes with the remainder of the launch programme and what this will mean for operations over the North Atlantic, the world’s busiest area of oceanic airspace.'

Further details from the link below . .

  • 18 January 2017
  • CMAG

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