MCLEAN, VA., Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Aireon has announced the successful completion of a service delivery point Site Acceptance Test (SAT) with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Ireland's Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP). The test confirmed that IAA's service delivery point, a critical component for receiving global air traffic surveillance data, can process Aireon's space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) data as soon as satellites are in orbit. This is a major step towards deploying space-based ADS-B in Irish airspace, in addition to implementing the Aireon Aircraft Locating and Emergency Response Tracking (ALERT) service. Aireon ALERT is a free global emergency-tracking service that will be hosted and operated by the IAA from its North Atlantic Centre in Ballygirreen on the West Coast of Ireland. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161101/434985LOGO The first service for IAA will be augmented surveillance in 5 nautical mile (NM) and 3NM airspace. Aireon's space-based ADS-B system will be used to augment ground surveillance sensors by contributing to IAA's air traffic management automation platform. "Both IAA's and Aireon's engineering teams have worked around the clock to ensure our systems are ready to ingest the ADS-B data from Aireon's global space-based aircraft traffic surveillance system," said Peter Kearney, director ATM operations & strategy, IAA. "With the successful Site Acceptance Test, we are ready to implement space-based ADS-B data as soon as it begins transmitting, and that will further enhance our safety and surveillance capability in Irish-controlled airspace." Kearney added, "Our team in Ballygirreen is also simultaneously getting ready to deploy Aireon ALERT to provide aviation stakeholders with free emergency tracking of aircraft. Aireon ALERT will greatly assist airlines, search and rescue agencies, aviation authorities and ANSPs during emergency situations. At their request, on a 24-hour basis, we will be able to provide Aireon ALERT users, with the immediate 'last known' location of aircraft with tremendous accuracy. Aireon ALERT will offer precisely the kind of service being sought by ICAO, IATA, airlines and other aviation bodies to help locate missing aircraft as fast as possible."