Aireon, an Iridium Communications–NAV Canada venture, intends to utilize hosted payload on Iridium satellites designed for aircraft control and monitoring, Exelis said Monday.
Exelis will operate and maintain Aireon’s automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast system for 15 years from its initial deployment as part of the agreement.
“Our commercial business model, which delivers ground-based air traffic surveillance as a service to the Federal Aviation Administration, serves as the foundation for Aireon’s innovative delivery method to ANSPs and airlines worldwide,” said Pamela Drew, president of Exelis’ information systems business.
“Expanding this model to space-based surveillance is a natural evolution of our core air traffic management business,” she added.
Exelis will develop the ADS-B data platform, aiming to help support Aireon customers and integrate the platform with existing ground-based surveillance infrastructure.