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Satellite-based navigation for safer aircraft

Development of new satellite-based navigation and communication technology and a thorough integration of current and future air traffic management standards by EU-funded researchers should help increase safety and reliability of air travel.
Satellite-based navigation for safer aircraft
Satellites launched into space by scientists circle the Earth collecting and relaying important information related to weather patterns, stellar activity and military intelligence. They are also used as relay stations for television, communications (Satcom or satellite communications, including telephone and computer) and global navigation systems, also known as global positioning systems (GPS).

Satellites offer the possibility of increasingly autonomous aircraft operation for increased operational capacity (more planes in the sky), reliability and safety. In fact, the future of European Air Traffic Management (ATM) is satellite-based.

European scientists initiated the ‘Airborne new and advanced satellite techniques amp technologies in a system integrated approach’ (Anastasia) project to develop the technology needed for novel onboard, satellite-based navigation and communication systems for a new generation of aircraft.

Numerous technological developments were achieved in the areas of antennae and receivers, with a mock-up successfully receiving signals from the first Galileo satellite. In addition, a strategic plan was provided covering milestones of 2010, 2015 and 2020 and beyond including conformation with current and future aviation and ATM standards.

The Anastasia project consortium made important progress in paving the way for a future generation of aircraft relying on satellite-based ATM for enhanced safety and reliability.

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