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Singapore to use space surveillance to augment air traffic management

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) inks a 12-year deal with Aireon to use its Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system for surveillance coverage over the FIR.  

SINGAPORE: Air traffic monitoring is set to get a boost with a new system to support flight movement management over the Singapore Flight Information Region (FIR).

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Aireon on Thursday (Feb 18) signed a 12-year deal for the former to use the latter's space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system for the FIR. The FIR is a specified region of airspace allocated by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, in which services such as flight information service and an alerting service are provided

The deal, which was signed at the Singapore Airshow, means Singapore will be the first air navigation service provider in Asia Pacific to adopt the space-based ADS-B system. The service will be operational in 2018, the press release said. 

CAAS will spend the next two years setting up the necessary infrastructure to integrate the service with its air traffic control systems. 

"When implemented, spaced-based ADS-B will provide continuous surveillance of ADS-B equipped aircraft in the Singapore FIR. It will supplement existing surveillance sensors and improve air traffic controllers' situational awareness," the press release said.