Four national air navigation service providers (ANSPs) in Europe and the Eurocontrol Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) are to participate with Inmarsat in an initial operational capability pilot for the Iris satellite datalink communications programme.
MUAC and the four other ANSPs – DFS (Germany), ENAIRE (Spain), ENAV (Italy), and NATS (UK) – handle most of the air traffic in Europe.
The Iris satellite datalink uses the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband-Safety platform to provide high-bandwidth, secure, and accurate digital controller-pilot communications as an enabler for the SESAR modernisation programme. The satellite datalink programme – led by Inmarsat in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) – is part of a multilink concept designed to support ground-air communications in the context of ever-higher air traffic demand in Europe.
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