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Integrated Ground and on-Board system for Support of the Aircraft Safe Take-off and Landing

Objective

"The future air transport system will be confronted with new challenges: it must be safer, greener and more effective than the current system. There will be more global industrial competition and fossil fuel reserves will diminish leading to increased fuel prices. New radical ideas, methods and technologies are needed to respond to these challenges and to keep Europe world leader in aviation. One of the ideas that came from the Out of the Box project was to launch and recover aircraft by using ground-based power. Several ideas were proposed like using microwave power technology, hoisting aircraft in the air, aircraft carriers type of aircraft launch and recovery etc.

The GABRIEL proposal is based on a system using magnetic levitation technology to enable aircraft take-off and landing. This unique solution will reduce aircraft fuel consumption since aircraft weight can be reduced as no undercarriage will be needed, less fuel needs to be carried onboard and engines can be smaller as less thrust is needed. Using ground power will also reduce CO2 and NOx emissions at airports whilst noise levels can be substantially reduced since only airframe noise will be produced during take-off. Airport capacity can be increased by introducing multiple launch and recovery ramps thus alleviating the problem of limited runway capacity in Europe.

Gabriel will investigate if such a system is feasible and cost effective.

Magnetic levitation is already a developed and deployed technology in rail transportation. However, research is needed to prove the technical feasibility of the concept in air transportation. GABRIEL will investigate how to adapt the existing magnetic levitation technology and to redesign the aircraft and more particularly its fuselage. The project will also study the feasibility of launch and recovery in connection to operating limits and aircraft flight controls. Operational and safety issues will be studied extensively. A small scale test will be designed to validate, assess the feasibility and estimate the limits of the assisted take-off and landing concept. The issue of emergency landings will be addressed.

The project will also perform an extensive cost benefit analysis, covering the effects on fuel savings, environmental benefits, new airport infrastructures and the required power supply.

The GABRIEL is a typical “out of the box” project that involves 12 partners from 7 European countries. The project will last for 36 months."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2011-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

REA-TECH MERNOKI ES EPITESZETI KFT.
Address
Iv Bela Kiraly Ut 44
2049 Diosd
Hungary
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 393 680
Administrative Contact
Jozsef Rohacs (Dr.)

Participants (11)

SLOT CONSULTING KERESKEDELMI, SZOLGALTATO, TANACSADO KORLATOLT FELELOSEGU TARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 138 720
Address
Banffyhunyad U. 14/B
1182 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roland Gurály (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 221 819
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mark Voskuijl (Dr.)
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 171 090
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Kioumars Yazdanian (Mr.)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 385 560
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ernst Schmachtenberg (Prof.)
ROGG DIETRICH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 118 054
Address
Trillenbuhlstrasse 43
88682 Salem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dietrich Rogg (Mr.)
AD CUENTA BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 134 500
Address
Zuster Gerarduslaan 34
2632 DS Nootdorp
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adriaan De Graaff (Mr.)
STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 189 858
Address
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059CM Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
F Van Schaik (Dr.)
POLITECHNIKA RZESZOWSKA IM IGNACEGO LUKASIEWICZA PRZ
Poland
EU contribution
€ 182 884
Address
Al Powstancow Warszawy 12
35-959 Rzeszow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrzej Majka (Dr.)
POLITECHNIKA WROCLAWSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 259 760
Address
Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27
50-370 Wroclaw
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Krzysztof Sibillski (Prof.)
C.I.R.A. CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 283 374
Address
Via Maiorise
81043 Capua
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antonio Formisano (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 104 000
Address
Via Giovanni Paolo Ii 132
84084 Fisciano Sa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luigi Maritato (Prof.)