At the Paris Airshow, Airbus Defence and Space announced their intent to create the ”Airbus Surveillance Digital Eco-System” fusing space and ground data to provide global, near real time, data to track every aircraft, anywhere, anytime. Under this MoU, Airbus and GomSpace will explore and initiate activities to allow GomSpace’s experience and technology with nanosatellite-based flight tracking to be used to contribute to the new Airbus Eco-System. This cooperation will build on already completed and on-going activities between the partners, e.g., the successful joint live Atlantic flight tracking demonstration of the GOMX-3 mission in 2016.
GomSpace is a pioneer in space-based aircraft tracking with the first successful demonstration performed in 2013 and currently has an active portfolio of R&D projects and projects with its customers advancing this capability.
According to Niels Buus, the CEO of GomSpace Group, digitalization of flight operations globally will significantly add value to the aviation industry and improve security and convenience for passengers.
Evert Dudok, Head of the Communications, Intelligence and Security Program Line at Airbus, added that the firm's ambition is to enable consistent, global, real-time visibility of every aircraft anywhere around the globe; therefore, GomSpace, with their technical capabilities and their intended space-based flight tracking services, is a natural partner for the firm in creating this new global Surveillance Digital Eco-System.