Aireon has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS), Germany´s air navigation service provider (ANSP) to evaluate the safety, efficiency and cost benefits of space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) in their airspace.
DFS controls the air traffic throughout German airspace with complete air traffic surveillance coverage, including a mix of ground-based radar, ADS-B and multi-lateration stations.
The MoA will allow DFS to evaluate options for optimizing the replacement of some legacy equipment that requires expensive upkeep. In addition, they will investigate the establishment of an independent contingency service for enhanced redundancy, which can be used to have a consistent air traffic surveillance feed.
Aireon LLC´s space-based ADS-B service will be operational in 2018, shortly after the completion of the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation. The constellation will consist of 66 operational low-earth-orbit satellites providing 100 percent global coverage. The service will provide ANSPs with global aircraft surveillance capability, and is expected to help reduce fuel costs, increase safety and enable more efficient flight paths.
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH is a state-owned company under private law that ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Approximately 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, and three million movements every year.