Sagetech Delivers NextGen Technology for Satellite Constellation

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Sagetech Corporation delivered signal-processing receiver technology to Harris Corporation, GCS for satellite-based NextGen air traffic control. This technology will enable for the first time global tracking of aircraft flying over oceans and other remote areas.

Sagetech, an avionics company, provided Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receiver technology to Harris Corporation, a communications company developing space-qualified ADS-B receivers for AireonSM. Aireon is establishing a satellite-based air traffic management system that will be hosted on the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation.

Sagetech’s software was developed to the A3 standard, the highest capability level cited in the DO-260B performance standard for ADS-B equipment. Additionally, its development followed software process standard DO-178B (Level C) to achieve superior design assurance. Both the standard and process are products of RTCA, Inc., a Federal Advisory Committee that develops consensus-based recommendations dealing with the art and science of aviation. Fulfilling RTCA objectives – and proving it through a rigorous battery of tests – assures that the Sagetech software complies with recognized guidelines for the stringent design and performance of airborne electronic systems.

"We are delighted to have achieved not only challenging functional requirements, but also a highly efficient and robust design for the rigors of low earth orbit,” said Sagetech President Kelvin Scribner. “Sagetech's expertise in ADS-B technology is a perfect fit with Aireon’s requirements, and being among the first to achieve A3 performance underscores our commitment to aviation safety. We at Sagetech are honored to contribute to making the skies safer for people all over the world.”

Aireon will provide global space-based ADS-B coverage through Iridium NEXT, a low-Earth orbiting (LEO) system of inter-linked satellites that will begin launching in 2015. Currently, air traffic control is a land-based system that relies on radar ground stations to send and receive signals. Aireon’s transformational space-based capabilities ensure complete global coverage of aircraft tracking – even over oceans and in remote regions, improving safety and efficiency.

Sagetech's innovative ADS-B technology is making its way to the General Aviation market as well, Scribner notes. Also in March, the company released Clarity, a lightweight, affordably priced ADS-B receiver that is easy to use with Electronic Flight Bag software operating on an iPad or other tablet computer.

About Sagetech Corporation
Sagetech Corporation has been a disruptive innovator in miniature avionics since 1998. Their tiny aviation transponders transformed how small unmanned aircraft are employed by making them visible to ATC radar. Sagetech’s Clarity ADS-B receivers provide unprecedented integration for the general aviation marketplace. Founded in 1998, Sagetech operates out of four facilities in Hood River, Oregon and White Salmon, Washington. Additional information about Sagetech Corporation is available at http://www.SagetechCorp.com

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 http://www.harris.com.

About Aireon LLC
Aireon LLC is a 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 http://www.aireon.com.

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