Iris will improve air traffic communication

Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency introduces Iris, which will improve the efficiency of air traffic systems in Europe by relieving pressure on busy radio frequency communication channels.

Iris will provide a secure text-based data link between pilots and air traffic control (ATC) networks using satellite technology.

The number of flights over Europe alone are expected to rise by over 50 percent in the next 20 years, and the current systems would not be able to handle this increase.

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency