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The development of aeronautical mobile satellite services over the past thirty years

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2 Author(s)
Guangren Chen ; Satellite Applications Res. Lab., Civil Aviation Inst. of China, Tianjin, China ; Fuqin Xiong

This paper presents an overview of the development of aeronautical mobile satellite services (AMSS) over the past 30 years. The inherent shortcomings of present air-ground HF communications have hindered the development of civil aviation, but according to the Future Air Navigation Systems (FANS) concept aeronautical satellite communication-including Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ADS)-will be the key to eliminating the shortcomings of HF communication systems. Satellite-based communication and surveillance will significantly improve air traffic control (ATC) over the oceanic and remote terrestrial airspace, and it will benefit civil aviation authorities, airlines as well as passengers. This paper discusses the availability of system elements, and world wide trials, demonstrations and preoperational use of aeronautical satellite communications over past years are described. Future satellite systems possible for aeronautical communications are also discussed.<>

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 12 )