Inmarsat has signed agreements with five major Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSPs) in support of the ESA-Inmarsat Iris programme to modernise air traffic management (ATM) across Europe.
DFS (Germany), ENAIRE (Spain), ENAV (Italy), EUROCONTROL MUAC (North-West Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands) and NATS (UK), who together handle the majority of European air traffic, will join an Initial Operational Capability (IOC) pilot, marking a significant milestone for the early implementation phase of Iris.
Separately, Inmarsat have also signed a contract with European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP), a company owned by European ANSPs and focused on safety of life services, in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.
ESSP will work with the Iris consortium to help define the service and certification framework of the future Iris Service Provider, a company that will be appointed under the programme to provide the European datalink communication services for Iris.
For more information, see: www.inmarsat.com/news/agreements-signed-with-europes-leading-ansps-for-iris.