Reaching the Single European Sky goals for the European Airspace and providing even safer service for an increasing amount of traffic and with lower costs, as required by the airspace users is only possible with focused technical development on European level.
The air traffic controller is the main player in the traffic management at tactical level. The SESAR 2020-project PROSA (Controller Tools and Team Organisation for the Provision of Separation in Air Traffic Management) focusses on separation management. It aims at providing the air traffic controller with more automated tools, thus freeing capacity for situations where human intervention is crucial. However, PROSA will not only improve current conflict detection tools but also develop new tools aiding the air traffic controller with resolution advisory and monitoring of flight trajectory. The project also addresses new ways of working together. Air traffic controllers traditionally work in pairs within specific airspace. Could we change this traditional setup to multi-planner setup, sectorless airspace and seamless cross-border operations? Another important issue related to separation management is the integration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. Drones are new to European Air Traffic Management and it is urgent to address concepts and technological developments needed to handle this new kind of traffic safely.
The partners working together in the PROSA project create a unique cooperation between air navigation service providers and air and ground industry. The capability to provide sustainable results usable throughout Europe by fast-time and real-time simulations as well as live trials ensures the development of prototypes which realistically can be integrated in the context of future traffic and ATM systems.
One part of the PROSA project is the solution "Flight Centric ATC", coordinated by the DLR Institute of Flight Guidance. Flight Centric ATC is based on the concept of Sectorless ATM, which envisions en-route air traffic control without conventional sectors. Since 2008, DLR has been researching the Sectorless ATM concept together with their partner DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH. In the PROSA solution DLR, together with the Hungarian air traffic control service HungaroControl, will carry out trials on the practical implementation of Sectorless ATM in Hungarian airspace.
This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 734143.
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