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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-2017-Two-Stages
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 375 000

Participants (10)

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 325 000
Address
Anthony Fokkerweg 2
1059CM Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
C.I.R.A. CENTRO ITALIANO RICERCHE AEROSPAZIALI SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 515 000
Address
Via Maiorise
81043 Capua
Activity type
Research Organisations
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 650 000
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
France
EU contribution
€ 350 000
Address
Chemin De La Huniere
91120 Palaiseau
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
TOTALFORSVARETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 187 485
Address
Gullfossgatan 6
164 90 Stockholm
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 400 000
Address
Am Schwarzenberg Campus 1
21073 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACION DE LA INGENIERIA CIVIL DE GALICIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 315 000
Address
Escuela Ingenieros De Caminos/universidad De Coruna/campus De Elvina
15071 La Coruna
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT VON KARMAN DE DYNAMIQUE DES FLUIDES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 600 000
Address
Chaussee De Waterloo 72
1640 Rhode Saint Genese
Activity type
Research Organisations
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 82 515
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments