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.

ESA Tender Information

Responding to an open competitive Invitation to Tender (ITT) requires the submission of a Full Proposal. The submission of the Full Proposal initiates the evaluation process according to ESA regulations and procedures.

The consequential evaluation of proposals results in a recommendation for a winning bid. In the case that several proposals of sufficient quality targeting different and/or complementary aspects are submitted, the Agency reserves the right to place parallel contracts for each of the open competitive ITTs in coordination with the relevant national delegations and partners involved in case of external funding.

For the fully detailed Proposal Guide on competitive ITTs click: Open Competition

Registration as Bidder

The Prime and all subcontractors must register as potential bidders via esa-star, prior to downloading the official tender documents from EMITS and submitting the Full Proposal. The registration process needs to be started as soon as possible, as it will take time to complete.


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)

Tenderer and/or third party contribution

Funding Limit/ Activity Duration

Feasibility Study 100% 0%  
Demonstration Project 50% 50%  
Kick-start Activity 75% 25% 60 kEuro/
6 months