Aireon signs MOA to advance deployment of space-based ADS-B in Russian airspace

Aireon LLC has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with two Russian organizations, JSC AZIMUT and JSC INFOCOM-Avia, to evaluate the benefits of deploying space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) in Russian Federation airspace, the company said.

Analyses will be performed on how space-based ADS-B will enhance air traffic monitoring, support air traffic management and improve airline and airport operations.

AZIMUT is the provider of radio-communication, navigation, landing, surveillance and air traffic management automation to the State Air Traffic Management Corporation of the Russian Federation (State ATM Corporation), Russia´s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) and international markets. INFOCOM-Avia is the designated operator of aviation information services in Russia.

Aireon´s space-based ADS-B service will be operational in 2018, shortly after the completion of the Iridium NEXT constellation. The first Iridium NEXT launch is scheduled for September 12, 2016, when the company will launch 10 satellites using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket out of the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Aireon LLC is deploying a global, space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft over the entire globe.