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Advanced System for Foreign Object Debris and Bird-Aircraft Strike Avoidance

Project description

Novel detection system for airports

The aeronautics sector is crucial to transport and trade, leading to high interest in adopting novel technologies. Currently, this sector is facing a significant challenge in the form of foreign object debris (FOD), birds and drones that can hinder airport programmes, and put in danger both people and cargo. Unfortunately, current options for combating this issue are inefficient, only detecting FOD or requiring patrols and costly. The EU-funded FODBASA project aims to introduce its FODBASA technology that would allow efficient detection of FOD, birds or drones. The radar-sensor-based autonomous system offers a unique ability to detect simultaneously: FOD, birds and drones.


Aeronautic sector is increasingly facing various safety threats to passengers, crews and aircraft caused by foreign object debris (FOD) as well as birds and the growing number of drones on runways and surrounding airport areas. Given the high impact of potential accidents and incidents – damage to aircraft and potential loss of lives – there is a continuous adoption of best practices and technologies to mitigate the risks. Today, most airports rely on periodic vehicle patrols for runway inspections, but such procedures have several limitations. Then, alternative technological approaches are expensive and only detect FOD. Thus, today’s approaches have not been effective, and aviation sector experiences costs that are estimated in +$13 billion/year due to FOD and bird-aircraft strikes.
MS3E aims to seize a major market opportunity, offering an innovative solution – the FODBASA. FODBASA has been specifically developed to overcome limitations of existing technologies and to meet the high demand for safety solutions for the aeronautic industry. FODBASA is an autonomous radar-sensor-based system designed for simultaneous detection of FOD, birds and drones. There are no similar solutions in the market. Its unique capabilities come from our innovative and proprietary high-frequency radar sensor that has been successfully developed for military applications and was validated by Danish Defence. Thus, our system allows to provide accurate real-time FOD detection and real-time threat alert for both birds and drones on runways and within a 10-km radius of the airport. Finally, FODBASA is a cost-efficient solution, triggering an attractive business case for any airport serving more than 2.5 million passengers/year.
FODBASA will represent the best technology available and a technological breakthrough with high potential to drive the regulatory framework in the sector. FODBASA is expected to generate €74 million in revenue and €33 million in gross profit, in 5-years post-project.

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
8250 EGA

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Danmark Midtjylland Østjylland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 71 429,00