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Aireon Receives First Space-based ADS-B Messages

By gguarino | January 27, 2017
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In a series of tweets posted on Friday Jan. 27, 2017, Aireon reportedly has received its first Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) messages from space. The company, which is a partnership between Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) NAV CANADA, ENAV, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, received the first messages after recently announcing the launch of the first 10 satellites that will host its space-based ADS-B network
The first 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, which host Aireon's space-based ADS-B payloads, pictured here encapsulated in the Falcon 9 fairing. Photo: Aireon.
On Friday, the company posted a series of updates to its Twitter account, which you can view below:
  • “Excited to share, 1st received ADS-B msg from @koreanair_AE flt530 lit up our feed, & @SAS flt 4576 is 1st ADS-B msg decoded from Space!” - @Aireon
  • “On the #bizjet front @NextJet_AB 594 ADS-B msg showed landing in Sweden.” - @Aireon
  • “@United flt 86 was cruising to Shanghai & became first #USA carrier ADS-B msg received.” - @Aireon 

The first space-based ADS-B messages received by Aireon come following the signing of a recent data services agreement with Icelandic Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) Isavia.

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