Today, NAV CANADA signed an agreement finalizing the terms of its participation in Aireon, a joint venture with Iridium that will deliver the first ever space-based global aviation surveillance system.

AireonSM will uniquely leverage Iridium NEXT, Iridium’s next-generation constellation of 66 cross-linked Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, to meet the critical need of extending Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) coverage and benefits to every flight path across the planet.

Once the AireonSM system is implemented, air navigation service providers (ANSPs) around the world, for the first time ever, will be able to track aircraft from pole-to-pole, including oceanic airspace and remote regions.

The new capability will provide significant benefits to the aviation industry, including substantial fuel savings, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and enhanced safety and efficiency for passengers.

Coupling the incomparable Iridium® network with NAV CANADA’s expertise in air traffic management systems will result in one of the most significant advancements the aviation industry has ever seen, and today’s announcement is an important step towards bringing this critical innovation to market.

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