DSNA France's air navigation services provider to support Inmarsat air traffic modernisation programme

Mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat has announced France-based Direction des Services de la navigation aérienne (DSNA), an Air Navigation Services Provider (ANSP), has agreed to join a consortium of European ANSPs supporting the modernisation of air traffic management (ATM) over Europe through the Iris programme, the company said.

In partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA), Inmarsat is leading the Iris programme to deliver significant benefits to airlines and ANSPs across Europe by enabling secure, high-bandwidth, satellite-based datalink communications.

The aim of Iris is to deploy digital controller-pilot communications to improve the speed and accuracy of air traffic management across Europe´s congested airspace and to relieve existing congested radio frequencies. ANSPs will be able to rely on Iris´ certified, efficient and reliable datalink to increase ATM efficiency, relieve air traffic controller workload and enhance flight safety.

DSNA joins five major European ANSPs already involved with implementing Iris. This includes DFS (Germany), ENAIRE (Spain), ENAV (Italy), EUROCONTROL MUAC (North-West Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) and NATS (UK).

Iris is powered by Inmarsat´s SB-S digital aircraft operations platform, using its world´s L-band satellite constellation, which has underpinned global safety services for 40 years.

Inmarsat owns and operates the world´s best global portfolio of satellite networks, specifically designed for customer mobility, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides.