Aireon to begin development of Space-Based VHF Communications Services to augment its industry-leading surveillance system


Aireon, the leader in space-based air traffic management data products and services, is setting the stage to lead the next big evolution in safety and efficiency with the formation of the Aireon Space-Based VHF Coalition, a group of organisations that will develop the concept of operations for space-based VHF voice and data communications for aviation.

Iridium, NAV CANADA, NATS, AirNav Ireland, ENAV, and Naviair will join Aireon as part of the Aireon Space-Based VHF Coalition, and discussions are underway with additional Aireon partners who are expected to join in the near future.

The addition of space-based ADS-B surveillance to remote and oceanic airspace operations five years ago has improved the safety and efficiency of more than 50 per cent of the world’s airspace. The concept of space-based VHF holds similar promise for the aviation industry, particularly for areas with limited connectivity or without ground infrastructure like remote regions and oceanic routes. Like space-based ADS-B, space-based VHF has the potential to improve airspace safety, efficiency, and sustainability by reducing aircraft separation and more efficient routing. In December, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) approved the allocation of new radio frequencies for aeronautical use, which is paving the regulatory way for space-based VHF communications.

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