Aireon has successfully completed the launch and deployment of its space-based payloads with automatic dependent surveillance (ADS-B) hosted by the Iridium satellite constellation. Yesterday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and placed 1
The Aireon system is due to be commissioned in 2018, shortly thereafter operational deployment begins. Operational trials in ocean-air space over the North Atlantic will begin in early 2019. Upon completion of the new network, the Aireon system will provide new capabilities for Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs), air traffic controllers, airlines and industry stakeholders. The oceanic and remote airspace will, for the first time, have real-time air traffic control, which will further enhance safety, as well as immediate route customization, more direct flight routes and greater predictability.
"The system has worked beyond expectations, resulting in an even greater overlap than originally planned," said Don Thoma, Aireon's Chief Executive Officer (CEO). "We see double coverage and, in many cases, a triple redundancy of our payloads before the constellation is completed, and now that we have successfully completed this seventh launch, we are now preparing a new era for the aerospace industry."