LYON, France—UK-based satellite operator Inmarsat and the European Space Agency have completed a first series of test flights for Iris Precursor, a project aimed at improving air traffic management (ATM) over European airspace through satellite-based datalink communications. Iris Precursor aims to complement existing terrestrial data link communications, which are expected to reach capacity in the near future. By 2019, Iris Precursor will provide air-to-ground communications for ...

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