Boeing Signs on for Aireon Space-Based ADS-B Data Services

Image courtesy Aireon

LONDON – Aireon, a leading provider of space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) services, will deliver revolutionary new flight stream data to Boeing.

In a move which will further strengthen air safety, Boeing will utilise this data to expand its present data analytics capabilities.

Aireon will provide both historical aircraft data and near real-time aircraft event data via its AireonINSIGHTS product for select Boeing airplane programs.


A reinforcement of flight safety

Boeing will integrate the ADS-B data into its safety analytics tools. Through the use of data science and data analytics, the information will deliver insights to proactively identify hazards and monitor emerging safety trends.

“We are investing in a data stream that can be transformed into safety intelligence,” said Vishwa Uddanwadiker, Boeing vice president of Aerospace Safety Analytics.

“We are adding this to our data analytics ecosystem to help predict and prevent safety risks, while identifying other opportunities to strengthen our Safety Management System.”

The global space-based ADS-B data from AireonINSIGHTS can help customers gain insights to key performance indicators on flight safety.

“The power of the Aireon data unlocks a cache of information for Boeing regarding the operations of its aircraft in the global airspace. With this integration, Boeing will have data to provide a full operational view of its fleet, and we are excited to partner with them,” said Don Thoma, Aireon CEO.


About Aireon

Aireon utilises next-generation space-based aviation surveillance technology, which takes the place of traditional ground-based equipment.

The company has deployed a space-based air traffic surveillance system for ADS-B-equipped aircraft operating around the entire globe.

Space-based ADS-B surveillance covers oceanic, polar, and remote regions, and augments existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace.

This system will compliment and work with existing systems like NAV CANADA, the Irish Aviation Authority, ENAV, NATS UK and NAVIAIR, as well as Iridium Communications.

The Aireon system will provide a global, real-time, space-based air traffic surveillance system.

How the Aireon system works

Fundamentally, the Aireon system is an ADS-B system installed on a satellite.

Instead of employing traditional ground-based radio receiver towers, Aireon has redesigned them into flexible and highly effective receivers on Iridium’s second generation satellite constellation.

This satellite system thus allows for 100 percent global surveillance using the same ADS-B signal that aircraft already transmit.

What is ADS-B?

ADS-B is a surveillance technique that relies on aircraft broadcasting their identity, a precise GPS position and other information derived from the aircraft’s on-board systems.

ADS-B is automatic because no work is required from the pilot or Air Traffic Control (ATC). It is also dependent because it relies on on-board avionics to provide surveillance information to other parties.

The data is broadcast every half a second from the aircraft.

A key benefit of Aireon’s ADS-B data is that it can also be used for post-flight analysis and allow a live data feed to other aviation systems for enhanced resource planning and operational decision making.

  • Automatic: periodically transmits information with no pilot or operator input required
  • Dependent: position and velocity vector are derived from the Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Surveillance: a method of determining position of aircraft, vehicles or other asset
  • Broadcast: transmitted information available to anyone with the appropriate receiving equipment

Information courtesy of Aireon

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