A graphic of the earth with Iridium NEXT satellites blanketing the globe

#PaxEx TV: Global air traffic surveillance via ADS-B is at hand


Iridium Communications today announced that the upcoming Iridium NEXT launch has been targeted for 30 September. This launch will deliver another 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to orbit on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and will bring the total number of Iridium NEXT satellites deployed to 30.

In addition to supporting two-way cockpit communications, safety services on the flight deck and light cabin connectivity (largely directed at the business aviation market), Iridium NEXT satellites are carrying the ever-important Aireon payload, which will provide space-based ADS-B global air traffic surveillance to operators. In this episode of #PaxEx TV, we explore why Iridium NEXT and Aireon is important to aviation safety, operations and #PaxEx.