Astrium launches new real-time Airborne Data Service

Le Bourget22 June 2011

  • Aircraft performance, data analysis and transmission via satellite
  • Real-time encrypted data to improve maintenance, repair and operations planning
  • Designed to ensure detailed and timely data to avoid anomalous performance and augment ‘black box’ information in emergencies
  • Aircraft location updates every 60 seconds

Astrium, Europe’s leading space company, will launch a new airborne data service providing high-throughput, real-time data streaming and positioning via satellite for the general aviation market.

The Airborne Data Service, enables the real-time transmission of flight data to aircraft operators by utilising on-board processors capable of analysing actual flight performance against expected parameters. Using satellite networks, the service will have a significantly higher data-throughput compared to legacy Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting Systems (ACARS). The service uses in-flight equipment that compresses, encrypts and then securely transmits the data via satellite to Astrium ground stations, which then relays this information to airline operators, enabling in-flight visibility of performance from ground-based facilities.

The service is configured to alert operators if pre-defined performance templates are exceeded in flight and will also improve efficiencies in aircraft maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) by identifying aircraft components that are not performing at optimum levels and either require servicing or replacement.

This service will also augment the current aircraft ‘black box’, transmitting specific data in the event of an emergency and constantly track the location of the aircraft.

Astrium Services through its affiliated company, Paradigm Services Limited, will deliver this service under an exclusive teaming agreement between Canada’s Star Navigation and Paradigm Services Limited. The service, which was first demonstrated at the Berlin Airshow in June 2010, uses an in-flight monitoring system developed by Star Navigation.

The service is now available for pre-operational orders, and following successful customer pilots is envisaged to become fully operational by the end of the year.

About Astrium

Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services.

In 2010, Astrium had a turnover of €5 billion and more than 15,000 employees worldwide, mainly in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment, and Astrium Services for comprehensive end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2010, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 45.8 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 122,000.

About STAR

Star Navigation Systems Group Ltd. (TSX-V: SNA) owns the exclusive World Wide licence to its proprietary patented In-flight Safety Monitoring System, STAR-ISMS®, the first system in the World to feature in-flight data analysis monitoring and diagnostics with a real-time connection between aircraft and ground. Its real-time capability of tracking performance enhances aviation safety and helps improve fleet management.

Press contacts:

Gregory Gavroy
Astrium France
Media Relations France
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Ralph Heinrich
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Francisco Lechon
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