The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GomSpace to explore the application and deployment of space-based Very High Frequency (VHF) communications for air traffic management (ATM) in and around the Singapore Flight Information Region (FIR).
This will be the first space-based VHF communications initiative in the world and will help increase air traffic management capacity and efficiency in the Singapore FIR.
“CAAS is committed to continually investing in cutting edge and innovative solutions to ensure that we can safely support the growing air traffic in the region. With this collaboration, Singapore will be the first country in the world to move towards space-based VHF communications.
This technology will enable CAAS to improve traffic throughput in the Singapore FIR, while enhancing safety and efficiency of ATM,” said Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS.
VHF communications equipment are mounted onto a constellation of low-earth-orbit satellites to enable clear, cost-effective and real-time communications between air traffic controllers and pilots anywhere.
The technology will improve safety and enable the safe reduction in separation between aircraft in airspace where ground-based VHF communications is currently not available.
The technology will hence lead to increased ATM capacity and reducing delays for aircraft in turn.
GomSpace is a leading designer, integrator and manufacturer of high-end nanosatellites for customers in the academic, government and commercial markets.