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PJ10 PROSA Report Summary

Project ID: 734143
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.4.7.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PJ10 PROSA (Controller Tools and Team Organisation for the Provision of Separation in Air Traffic Management)

Reporting period: 2016-11-01 to 2017-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Single European Sky – the vision is clearly described in the ATM Masterplan. Reaching the goals for the European Airspace is only possible with focused technical developments on European level. The air traffic controller is the main player in the traffic management at tactical level. This project aims at providing the air traffic controller with more automated tools, thus freeing capacity for situations where human intervention is crucial. This provides even safer service for an increasing amount of traffic and with lower costs, as required by airspace users. This project is a part of the SESAR programme and addresses separation management. It will not only improve current conflict detection tools, but also develop new tools aiding the air traffic controller with resolution advisory and monitoring of flight trajectory.

The project also addresses new ways of working together. Air traffic controllers traditionally work in pairs and in specific airspace. Could we change this to multi-planner setup, sector less airspace and seamless cross-border operations? Our project will ensure the research is developed to a stage where it can be used in operational air traffic management systems in Europe. This ensures that anyone can fly safer, cheaper and quicker in Europe in 10 years. Another really important issue is the integration of “Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems” – drones. Drones are new to European Air Traffic Management, and it is urgent to address concepts and technological developments needed to handle this kind of traffic safely.

The companies involved in this project are the only ones that can deliver this kind of result. Not on their own – but as the unique cooperation between air navigation service providers and air and ground industry. The capabilities to provide sustainable results usable throughout Europe by fast-time, real-time simulations and live trials ensures that developed prototypes are working in the context of future traffic and ATM systems.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

PJ10’s work in the reporting period began with establishing both the internal working organisation as well as the initialisation of the integration into the overall SESAR 2020 programme. During the ramp-up phase the individual work packages refined and updated their scope and the work schedule. All work packages prepared an initial description of the investigated operational services and their corresponding operational environments. For the first set of exercises, detailed descriptions of validation objectives, anticipated benefit mechanisms and various assessment plans were prepared. Based on the operational requirements an initial set of technical specifications were derived and the necessary prototype and validation platform preparations were started.Two exercises were successfully conducted. The analysis of the results were started and are still on-going.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

It is expected that the concepts which are investigated in the seven work packages will be progressed to their corresponding next maturity level. Two of the work packages anticipate to progress their concepts as far as beeing ready for industrialization. The project aims to provide solutions with a positive impact on the ATM key performance areas capacity, safety, cost effectiveness and flight efficiency.
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