Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)

Harris supports the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) development and implementation of a modernized air traffic system with engineering expertise and full-system solutions. Our core program is the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system, the cornerstone program of the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) initiative, which will take us from a ground-based system of air traffic control to a satellite-based system of air traffic management. As the prime contractor on ADS-B, we are designing, building and operating a nationwide system of radio communications, telecommunications networks, information technology and software to deliver highly accurate, networked, real-time surveillance data to the automated systems of the FAA.                                                 

The Most Comprehensive Surveillance Data Available

Specializing in both data language and the hardware used to convey the messages, Space-Based ADS-B is a major development in the global satellite-based tracking of aircraft and devices. Harris is providing 81 ADS-B Extended Squitter receivers, tools used to help track aircraft by satellite in the harshest conditions of space, on board the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation. The receivers will enable precise aircraft tracking, including monitoring of flights over oceans and remote regions.