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UltraFast wind sensOrs for wake-vortex hazards mitigation

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 314237

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2012

  • End date

    31 October 2015

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 276 564,60

  • EU contribution

    € 4 463 215

Coordinated by:

THALES LAS FRANCE SAS

France

Objective

The UFO project aims at ensuring aviation safety at current high standards or even better, regardless of air transport growth, through Wake-Vortex Advisory Systems improvement, in connection with SESAR P12.2.2 project. UFO research works will address a wide range of innovative technologies through studies of new Ultra Fast Lidar/Radar Wind & EDR (Eddy Dissipation Rate for turbulence) monitoring sensors, usable for Wake-Vortex Hazards Mitigation, but also for severe Cross-Wind, Air Turbulence and Wind-Shear.
Constrained by high update rate and accuracy requirements needed for wind measurements, 2D electronic scanning antenna technology based on low cost tile will be explored for X-band radar through a development of a tile mock up as well as a new high power laser source of 1.5 micron Lidar 3D scanner with higher power.
In addition, new design tools will be developed through simulators, able to couple Atmosphere models with Electromagnetic, Radar and LIDAR models. In parallel, advanced Doppler signal processing algorithm will be developed and tested for 3D wind field and EDR monitoring, including the algorithm for the resources management of the different sensors. Comparison with already existing sensors as C band meteorological radar and S band ATC radar, but also ADS-B Downlink will be studied.
Calibration of the ground sensors (Lidar, X band radar, C band radar with ADS-B datalink) and the simulators will be achieved through a set of experimental trials in Munich and Toulouse. In Toulouse, an aircraft equipped with airborne probes will enable in situ comparison.
Coordination with SESAR, through Eurocontrol, as associated partner, airports as End user in the UFO steering committee, will be favoured.
The team is composed of the main experts in Europe of the domain: 2 large companies (TSA, TR6), 4 universities (UCL, TUBS, TUD, UPMC), 1 SME (Leosphere), 3 governmental research labs (DLR, ONERA, NLR) and 2 MET Offices (DWD, KNMI).
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Coordinator

THALES LAS FRANCE SAS

Address

Avenue Gay Lussac 2
78990 Elancourt

France

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 519 774,20

Administrative Contact

Fabrice Orlandi (Mr.)

Participants (11)

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 291 066

KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT-KNMI

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 401 002,50

LEOSPHERE

France

EU Contribution

€ 505 285,20

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 363 750

DEUTSCHER WETTERDIENST

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 353 496

OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES

France

EU Contribution

€ 254 948

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 362 760

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 414 479,60

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 396 243,50

UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6

France

EU Contribution

€ 126 000

THALES SYSTEMES AEROPORTES SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 474 410

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 314237

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2012

  • End date

    31 October 2015

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 276 564,60

  • EU contribution

    € 4 463 215

Coordinated by:

THALES LAS FRANCE SAS

France