Integrated applications using ADS-B

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  • EMITS referenceAO8656
  • ActivityFeasibility Study
  • Closing date16 January 2017

The Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) is a cooperative surveillance technology in which an aircraft determines its position via satellite navigation and broadcasts it periodically, thereby enabling the tracking of the aircraft.

Recent studies and trials have confirmed the possibility to detect ADS-B signals from space. These results together with the decision of the 2015 ITU’s World Radio communication Conference (WRC-15) to allocate the frequency band 1087.7-1092.3 MHz for ADS-B transmissions from aircrafts to communication satellites are expected to open-up an array of opportunities for integrated applications and services.

ADS-B based applications and services could emerge in the following areas:

  • support to Air Traffic Control (ATC) management (e.g. provision of unprocessed and post-processed ADS-B messages)
  • safety related services (e.g. early detection and notification of anomalous airplane behaviour, provision of “last known aircraft position” for search and rescue applications)
  • route optimization services, airport services (e.g. small airports without radar may rely on ADS-B services for managing their operations)
  • auxiliary services (e.g. exploitation of ADS-B message exchange for non-positional information such as weather data), etc.

The objective of the feasibility study is to identify and characterise ADS-B based services addressing potentially interesting application domains, carry out the analysis of their technical feasibility and commercial viability, select the most promising ones for further development and exploitation, and propose a roadmap for the implementation and demonstration of the proposed services.

Funding Scheme

Funded participation to ESA Business Applications is open to any company and/or organisation, be it as group of users, public body or non-governmental organisation, residing in any of those states that subscribe to the ARTES IAP programme.

To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed.

The applicable funding level of the individual prime- or subcontractors is subject to authorisation by the involved National Delegation(s). Therefore bidding teams are requested to obtain a Letter of Authorisation from all their national delegations before submitting a Full Proposal.


ESA Project Cost Funding Per Country
(up to)

Funding Limit/ Activity Duration

Feasibility Study 50% up to 100%*  
Demonstration Project 50%  
Kick-start Activity 75%/80%** 60 kEuro/ 64kEuro**
6 months

 * based on a consideration of the risks and maturity of the target market

** SMEs (i.e. enterprises fulfilling the criteria defined in the European Commission Recommendation of 6 May 2003 (2003/361/EC) or as updated) involved in Kick-Start Studies are funded at 80%