Aireon has announced the successful eighth and final launch and deployment of the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, which hosts Aireon's (ADS-B) spatial auto-monitoring. At 11:30 PST (15:31 UTC) on January 11, 2019, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket raises from the Vandenberg Air Base in California, and the last ten Iridium NEXT satellites are low-orbit (LEO).
This introduction presented Aireon's total number of payloads in orbit to 75 (66 operational payloads and 9 spare parts), completing the historic launch program, and passing one of the last remaining milestones before Aireon introduced a new era of global air surveillance and tracking aircraft.
Aireon is the world's first 100% global air traffic monitoring system and revolutionized the way the world travels with space-based technology. Unlike the existing aircraft tracking and tracking infrastructure, Aireon uses ADS-B space-based technology to allow automatic and real-time data collection on aircraft positions. Aireon technology provides controllers and air carriers with a complete and comprehensive view of the entire sky like never before. Thanks to this improved insight into world flight routes, including those in remote and ocean airspace, the industry will have significant direct and indirect benefits such as increased safety, more efficient flight routes, more accurate arrival and departure forecasts, reduced aircraft separation, CO2 and more.
"Today we have achieved a milestone on our road to a revolution in air traffic control and are just a few weeks away from a fully functioning system," said Don Thoma, CEO of Aireon. "After finalizing the launch, it will be possible to begin the final integration and testing of the recently-launched payload, after which the true global view of air transport in the world will actually be real." Thoma went on: excitement until we were formally functional, especially because of our performance significantly exceeded our expectations. Many people think this is the end of the journey because we are the last Iridium NEXT, but for us it is the beginning of a new way of managing air transport. "
Aireon has so far cleared all predictions and processed more than 13 billion ADS-B messages a month, and this figure should grow after full deployment. Air traffic controllers rely on the best and most accurate surveillance data that can be separated from aircraft, often achieved through several redundant layers. Aireon data will provide air traffic controllers with a fully redundant data source that covers all of the airspace, thus increasing the availability and reliability of the critical air traffic control component with a positive impact on safety and efficiency. This will help improve flight optimization by removing gaps in fleet data reports and eventually increasing the overall safety, accuracy and efficiency of global aviation.
"The Aireon Space ADS-B is just what the aerospace industry needs," said Marion Blakey, a former federal aviation administration (FAA). "During our work on the FAA, extensive work has been done to support ADS-B for global air traffic management efforts. Today's successful start is not just a win for Aireon but for the aerospace industry as we are now a step closer to clear, a complete picture of the world's airspace, including the oceans and remote areas. "
Blakey is currently working on the Aireon Advisory Committee in the US, along with his chairman, Honorable Norman Minette and Vice-President Russ Chew.
A total of 81 Iridium NEXT satellites have been built, all of which have a payload of Aireon on board. Now 75 satellites have been deployed, nine of which serve as substitutes on the orbit, and the remaining six as spare parts. This launch means completing the launch of Iridium NEXT and the successful deployment of the entire Aireon system