Satellite ADS-B Monitoring Now on the Horizon

 - June 4, 2015, 7:40 AM

Iridium Communications on June 1 completed the first successful integration of the Aireon payload on an Iridium Next satellite. The successful linkup marks a key milestone in the effort to create a system of satellite-based ADS-B receivers in each of Iridium’s 66 next-generation satellites.

Iridium Next is scheduled to launch between 2015 and 2017, with full Aireon ADS-B service expected to come online in 2018. In partnership with Nav Canada, ENAV, IAA, Naviair and Iridium Communications, the Aireon space-based ADS-B system will make all ADS-B equipped aircraft visible anywhere on the planet.