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SEAMLESS AERONAUTICAL NETWORKING THROUGH INTEGRATION OF DATA LINKS, RADIOS, AND ANTENNAS

Objective

Air traffic in Europe is expected to double by 2025 according to the last forecast of Eurocontrol. Future passenger and freight fleets will bring better efficiency and improved environmental performance, and will allow people to benefit from the connections that only air transport can deliver. In this context, an integrated aircraft communication system is of paramount importance to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness by ensuring flexibility, scalability, modularity and reconfigurability. The SANDRA project will design, implement and validate through in-flight trials an integrated aeronautical communications system based on an open architecture, a common set of interfaces and on well-proven industry standards. Integration will be addressed at four different levels, namely: • integration at service level, through a Service Oriented architectural approach • integration at network level through addressing interoperability to ensure transition • integration of existing radio technologies into an Integrated Modular Radio platform (Software Defined) • integration at antenna and RF level by a L/KU satellite array antenna prototype The integration of different service domains with heterogeneous requirements through a cost-effective and flexible avionic architecture is thus one of the main challenges addressed by SANDRA. In this light, the SANDRA communication system will represent a key enabler for meeting the high market demand for broadband passenger and enhanced cabin communication services. The SANDRA concept is fully inline with SESAR activity and future deployment plans ATM modernisation as well as with the final recommendations of Eurocontrol/FAA Future Communications Study. SANDRA addresses many of the enablers identified by SESAR for the medium and long term implementation packages, although the proposed integrated approach for the global provision of distributed services covers a much broader set of applications and service domains.
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Coordinator

SELEX ES SPA

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Piazza Monte Grappa 4
00195 Roma

Italy

Activity type

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

EU Contribution

€ 748 697,31

Administrative Contact

Paolo Di Michele (Mr.)

Participants (32)

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SELEX ELSAG SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 1 470 302,69

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 2 148 675

SELEX SISTEMI INTEGRATI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 301 500

THALES ALENIA SPACE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 557 000

THALES AVIONICS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 376 954

THALES AVS FRANCE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 241 029

Thales research and Technology Ltd

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 744 046

AIRTEL ATN LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 162 250

RISE ACREO AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 435 900

ALENIA AERMACCHI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 177 000

ALTYS TECHNOLOGIES

France

EU Contribution

€ 202 750

UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 1 172 125

Cyner Substrates bv

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 83 050

DASSAULT AVIATION

France

EU Contribution

€ 154 000

DFS DEUTSCHE FLUGSICHERUNG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 63 030

AIRBUS GROUP SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 123 500

GATEHOUSE TELECOM AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 313 375

IMST GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 368 450

INTECS SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 128 899

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ENINFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 73 604,57

LIONIX BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 406 000

Monitor Soft

Russia

EU Contribution

€ 69 407

STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 506 950

CONSORZIO UNIVERSITA INDUSTRIA - LABORATORI DI RADIOCOMUNICAZION I

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 432 500

SITA INFORMATION NETWORKING COMPUTING BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 331 600

SLOT CONSULTING KERESKEDELMI, SZOLGALTATO, TANACSADO KFT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 61 000

TriaGnoSys GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 952 000

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 336 250

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 499 750

PARIS-LODRON-UNIVERSITAT SALZBURG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 415 115,42

EY ADVISORY SPA

Italy

PARTECIPAZIONI TECNOLOGICHE SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 560 608,01

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 233679

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2009

  • End date

    31 December 2013

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 23 941 949,98

  • EU contribution

    € 15 617 318

Coordinated by:

SELEX ES SPA

Italy