Iris data link: operational in Europe, available globally


Tuesday 19 March

11:00am - 11:50am


Future Skies Theatre


Session Overview

Whether you’re an airline, European ANSP, or visiting ANSP from a region outside of Europe, join this informative session of assembled experts to learn how Iris is supporting European air traffic modernisation, and how it can support the modernisation of airspace around the world.
Developed for ESA by a world-class industrial consortium led by Viasat, Iris has taken flight with easyJet and begun contributing to the European Commission’s (EC) Aviation Strategy and worldwide aviation community supporting next-generation air traffic management systems in Europe – in line with the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) programme.
Iris is the only satellite-based data link technology operational today to provide digital satellite communications that can complement VHF data link, which is nearing a capacity crunch in congested airspace. Without fast and reliable data links between aircraft and the ground, air traffic managers cannot unlock the 8-10% reduction in CO2 emissions identified by EUROCONTROL from improved Air Traffic Management (ATM).
Iris is a first-of-its-kind to be provided by an organization (ESSP) who is certified by EASA for the provision of Iris Service and under EASA continuous oversight. Iris extends the use of SATCOM in continental high density traffic airspace for the support of ATS data communications (namely ATN-B1 and ATS-B2 services).
Topics covered will include ATN-B1 and ATS-B2 services, connected EFB and AOC applications including SWIM, Iris phase 3 covering Advanced Air Mobility/Drones and globalisation of the project.

Session Speakers

Subject Areas

Future Skies Theatre
Strengthening Resilience in ATM
Reimagining ATM Operations
Pathway to Advanced Air Mobility
Unleashing the Potential of Drones
Greening the Skies
Innovation and Digital Transformation in ATM