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US evaluates space-based ADS-B

07 November 2018

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has nominated Miami Air Route Traffic Control Center as the first to receive space-based ADS-B surveillance data, following a decision by the agency’s Joint Resources Council in September 2018 to evaluate the technology.

The FAA joins five other air navigation service providers (ANSPs) who are preparing to receive data from the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation equipped with Aireon ADS-B payloads. Iridium expects a full constellation of 66 low-earth orbit satellites to be in operation after the launch of the final 10 units in December 2018.

FAA Program Manager David Gray told Jane’s that the FAA wants the Aireon service to be fully operational before integrating data into controller displays.

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