Sagetech ADS-B Technology Selected for NextGen Satellite Constellation

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A revolutionary advancement in air traffic management that will be hosted on Iridium’s second-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT.

Sagetech Corporation has won a subcontract by Harris Corporation, an international communications company that is providing integrated Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) payloads for AireonSM, a revolutionary advancement in air traffic management that will be hosted on Iridium’s second-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT.

"We are thrilled that Sagetech has been selected by Harris to play an important role in the development of hosted payload receivers for Aireon," said Sagetech President Kelvin Scribner. "Sagetech's expertise in ADS-B technology positions us to be an important asset on this project."

Aireon will provide global space-based ADS-B coverage through Iridium NEXT, a low-Earth orbiting (LEO) system of interlinked satellites that will begin launching in 2015. Leveraging more than 50 years of space experience, Harris will provide space-qualified ADS-B receivers to fly as hosted payloads on Iridium NEXT. Working with Harris, Sagetech will deliver the ADS-B signal processing technology for each of the receivers. Sagetech also will deliver the firmware licenses that decode the ADS-B messages from aircraft.

Sagetech's innovative ADS-B technology is available to the general aviation market as well, Scribner notes, with the company's “Clarity” family of affordably priced ADS-B receivers.

About Sagetech Corporation

Sagetech Corp. provides world-class engineering and manufacturing of key avionics subcomponents to the aviation industry. The company currently designs and builds the world's smallest transponder for the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) market. Sagetech was founded in 1998. It operates out of three facilities in Hood River, Oregon and White Salmon, Washington. Additional information about Sagetech Corporation is available at

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and about 17,000 employees – including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at

About Aireon LLC

Aireon LLC is a planned joint venture between Iridium and NAV CANADA to provide air traffic management agencies with the capability to track aircraft anywhere in the world in near-real time, including the only coverage over oceanic, polar and remote regions. Aireon will harness the best of aviation surveillance advancements already underway and extend them globally in order to significantly improve the business of air operations through increased efficiency, expanded safety, worldwide integration and significant cost savings to airlines and ANSPs alike. For more information about Aireon, visit

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