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2008 Addendum to the Strategic Research Agenda

Funded under: FP7-TRANSPORT


Europe has a strong role on global air transport - a large, complex and highly technological system. This 2008 Addendum to the ACARE Strategic Research Agenda reinforces the importance of a coherent roadmap for aeronautical technology development, recognising the inherent need to periodically update some of its forecasts and assumptions.
The original ACARE aspirations are for better technology linked to social aspirations (cleaner environment, safer travel and more security) as well as the benefits of a more competitive Europe. These seem all the more prophetic today, just a few years from the previous Strategic Research Agenda in 2004 and at the same time so far away in terms of changed landscape. A few examples will prove the argument.
Two very large initiatives have been launched since the last SRA and are now on their way: "Clean Sky", an ambitious research project with demonstrators, that will improve the impact of aviation on the environment, and "SESAR", which will develop and deploy the future Air Traffic Management system at a pan European level taking stock of the most off the shelf technologies. A number of large demonstration programmes and a range of applied research programmes have been launched through the EU Framework programme and national programmes.

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