What a Blast: On the scene at a satellite launch
As we countdown to the seventh Iridium NEXT launch this week, which will see the mission increase its total number of launched satellites and Aireon ADS-B payloads to 65, we reflect on a special day for six NAV CANADA employees who won an exclusive spot to attend the fifth Aireon launch through a country-wide employee contest.Read More
Radar replacement: a worthwhile investment
Over the course of the next 10 years a massive radar replacement project will take place across the country. It’s the largest capital project NAV CANADA has ever undertaken at a cost of $159 million. The first of 11 new radars is set to be operational in Hamilton by August 2019 with new sites receiving replacement radars at the rate of one per year, ending in Halifax in 2028.
A tower built for the future
Air traffic controllers recently moved into a new air traffic control tower at the Region of Waterloo International Airport. Work first began in June 2015 on a replacement for the existing tower that was built over 45 years ago.
Success! SpaceX launches second batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites with Aireon payload
On June 25 2017, a SpaceX rocket carrying 10 Iridium NEXT satellites launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Onboard these satellites is a payload that will have a tremendous impact on the entire aviation industry: the Aireon space-based automatic dependent surveillance broadcast payloads.
Aireon: Making space-based ADS-B a reality
On January 14, 2017, at 9:54 a.m. Pacific Time, a Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast. The SpaceX rocket carried with it a record-sized delivery that included the first 10 Iridium® NEXT satellites hosting Aireon’s Automated Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) technology.