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Stratospheric Flying Opportunities for High-Speed Propulsion Concepts

Objective

The stratosphere is the highest layer in the atmosphere where aircraft can still fly. Nevertheless, it is presently rarely exploited for commercial aviation. As Europe’s Vision for Aviation predicts globally a six-fold increase in passenger by 2050, flight levels above the troposphere become attractive and maybe the only way to realize this.

While the lower stratosphere could still be reachable for classical aircraft, the higher altitudes would demand for higher speeds. Various technologies, systems and novel aircraft concepts related to high-speed transport have progressed rapidly over the last 20 years showing their technical feasibility and readiness up to TRL-3. Technology roadmaps elaborated by industrial and research teams indicated their readiness-level can easily be brought up to TRL-6 by 2035 provided the related application can be shown to be commercially exploitable.

The first project goal covers the multi-functional integration of propulsion, aerodynamics, airframes and on-board systems across various disciplines to define and detail a high-speed aircraft configuration enabling long-haul travels.
However, Europe should have simultaneously a directive which flight altitudes are environmentally sustainable on the basis of fuel type and emission rates. This parametric mapping of the stratospheric climate impact covers the second goal of the project.

Last but not least, the potential of stratospheric flight relies also on economic viability. Apart from potential routes, aircraft capacity and performance, development and exploitation costs… the third goal will also consider human factors, social acceptance, implementation and noise issues.

The present proposal will, contrary to regular viability studies, perform a bottom-up approach. The validity will follow a sound technical and scientific approach and shall demonstrate environmental and economic compatibility. This enables then a formulation of regulatory, technological and socio-economic barriers.

Call for proposal

H2020-MG-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-MG-2017-Two-Stages

Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI TORINO
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€ 375 000,00
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Italy

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Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

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STICHTING KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS LUCHT - EN RUIMTEVAARTCENTRUM
Netherlands
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€ 325 000,00
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Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059 CM Amsterdam

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West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
C.I.R.A. CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA
Italy
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€ 515 000,00
Address
Via Maiorise
81043 Capua

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Sud Campania Caserta
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
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€ 650 000,00
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln

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Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Köln, Kreisfreie Stadt
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
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€ 350 000,00
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Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Essonne
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
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€ 200 000,00
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Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT
Sweden
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€ 187 485,00
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Gullfossgatan 6
164 90 Stockholm

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Östra Sverige Stockholm Stockholms län
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT HAMBURG
Germany
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€ 400 000,00
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Am Schwarzenberg Campus 1
21073 Hamburg

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Hamburg Hamburg Hamburg
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
FUNDACION DE LA INGENIERIA CIVIL DE GALICIA
Spain
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€ 315 000,00
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Escuela Ingenieros De Caminos/universidad De Coruna/campus De Elvina
15071 La Coruna

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Galicia Ourense
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Research Organisations
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€ 0,00
VON KARMAN INSTITUTE FOR FLUID DYNAMICS
Belgium
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€ 600 000,00
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Chaussee De Waterloo 72
1640 Rhode Saint Genese

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Vlaams-Brabant Arr. Halle-Vilvoorde
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LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
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€ 82 515,00
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Paradisgatan 5c
22100 Lund

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Södra Sverige Sydsverige Skåne län
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€ 0,00