Regulation and environmental impact of supersonic aircraft


Regulation of a new generation of civil supersonic aircraft

The EU project has brought together a consortium of eleven academic and industrial aerospace organisations from across Europe to help certification authorities regulate a new generation of civil supersonic aircraft with comprehensive and robust data.

Noise and emissions from supersonic aircraft near airports

As it is expected that the first new generation of supersonic aircraft will not be able to fly at supersonic speeds over land, the missions considered for this project are supersonic over water and subsonic over land. Consequently, SENECA (Noise and Emissions of supersonic Aircraft) focuses mainly on noise and emissions near airports and on the global climate impact of supersonic aircraft.

Environmental impact of supersonic aircraft

The objective of SENECA is to develop a deeper understanding and detailed modelling of the emissions, noise and global environmental impact of supersonic aircraft. Building on this, the aim is to enable the development of technologies that go beyond the state of the art and further reduce the environmental impact of supersonic transport. SENECA will contribute its project results to the discussions at ICAO level in order to scientifically support and strengthen the European view on the necessary regulations for new types of supersonic aircraft. The main milestones of the project plan for the dissemination and exploitation of the project results are aligned with the ICAO CAEP work programme and agenda.

Running Time

01/2021 – 12/2024


Take-off and landing noise, emissions, global climate impact, commercial supersonic aircraft

This project is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the funding code 101006742.

Europäische Union


Robert Jaron

German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Propulsion Technology
10625 Berlin