Aireon space-based ADS-B flight test yields comparable results to land-based stations

NAV CANADA has completed a successful flight test of Aireon”s space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology, the company said.

The test was conducted to collect ADS-B data used for validating Aireon´s satellite aircraft surveillance and tracking service.

During the flight test, 6,935 ADS-B messages were received and decoded by a single Aireon payload, and after analysis, were found to exhibit comparable results to that of terrestrial ADS-B stations.

Aireon´s space-based ADS-B system will be operational in 2018, providing air navigation service providers (ANSPs) with global air traffic surveillance, and airlines with real-time flight tracking.

The system will provide ADS-B coverage that will span oceanic, polar and remote regions, where current surveillance systems are limited to line-of-site and densely populated areas.

In partnership with ANSPs from around the world, NAV CANADA, ENAV, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon is developing an operational, global, space-based air traffic surveillance system expected to be available by 2018.