The Council of Ministers of the European Union has extended the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking to 2024 – with the objective of fostering research and innovation for the region’s air traffic management (ATM) system.
Established in 2007, the SESAR Joint Undertaking is a public-private partnership which manages the development of the SESAR research and innovation project.
SESAR 2020 – this initiative’s next phase – will continue the results already developed during the SESAR programme, which commenced in 2008 and runs through 2016. SESAR 2020 – expected to run from 2015 onwards – aims to demonstrate the viability of solutions developed by the SESAR programme in larger and more operationally-integrated environments.
Airbus contributions to SESAR comprise such activity as “initial 4D” (i4D) evaluations with the company’s MSN001 A320 flight-test aircraft – using four-dimensional (three dimensions and time) optimised air traffic management technology – which were conducted in 2012 with follow-up testing this year to demonstrate more reliable, cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly ATM.
Other achievements of the SESAR programme to date include: remote tower services to provide access to remote regions and boost regional economies; toolkits to increase safety on airport runways; free routing for more efficient flights and reduced fuel emissions; and creation of an ATM intranet for the seamless exchange of information and better collaborative decision-making.
SESAR – the technological pillar of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative – is targeted to provide a high-performance air traffic control infrastructure for Europe, increasing air space capacity, improving safety, as well as reducing the air transport sector’s environment impact and the cost of ATM services.