This project is part of the SESAR 2020 Multi Annual Program for the period 2016-2019. It is part of the Industrial Research & Validation phase, developed under the SJU Private Public Partnership.
Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) systems provide the invisible and often unappreciated infrastructure which is essential for Air Traffic Management. CNS enables efficient navigation and safe separation in all phases of flight. The SESAR Concept of Operations aims to dramatically increase the exchange of information between airspace users, air traffic control and flow management. This is expected to improve the quality of service to the travelling public, whilst reducing cost and environmental impact. Although current CNS systems are mature and generally providing a good service, they have not yet fully transitioned from analog to digital technologies. Such a shift is needed to meet the challenges of the coming years; to accommodate higher levels of traffic and improve operational efficiency. Many CNS technologies have been developed in a modular fashion. As a result a transition to network thinking is needed to overcome the inefficiencies of fragmented services whilst supporting local needs. Building on the experience of SESAR1, the EECNS will develop an integrated suite of CNS solutions to meet the operational requirements of the ATM system in the short, medium and long term, with technologies that are consistent with the European ATM Master Plan and the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan.
In Communications, this project will develop multi-link technologies that underpin the Future Communications Infrastructure (FCI) concept. FCI enables the digital transfer of flight critical data and voice communications between aircraft and ground ATM services in a resilient, secure and timely manner, as well as interoperability and coordination with military flights. This, in turn will enable ATM automation, facilitating pilot and air traffic controller workload such that they can focus more on value added tasks.
In Navigation, satellite navigation based robust positioning will be developed for all phases of flight, taking advantage of signals from multiple constellations, including Galileo. There will be a strong emphasis on provision of Final Approach guidance for low approach minima. Evolution of terrestrial navigation systems will be explored, to ensure that resilient performance based navigation services are available from spectrum efficient systems to mitigate the vulnerabilities of satellite navigation.
In Surveillance, solutions will be developed to enhance, harmonize and integrate cooperative and emerging non-cooperative sensors, advanced multi-sensors data fusion capabilities, security related functionality together with the methods and tools for Surveillance Performance Monitoring. This is in line with a performance-based Surveillance (PBS) approach.
In the Integrated EECNS solution, all CNS developments will be benchmarked and aligned to ensure the solutions are consistent in terms of robustness, spectrum.
November 2016 - October 2019
29 Projektpartner unter der Leitung von Leonardo S.p.A.