Aviation and Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are closely related domains with tremendous potential for the deployment of space-based services alongside traditional infrastructure. The aviation industry is slowly coming to the realisation that space-based services offer exceptional capabilities for helping manage age-old challenges, such as air traffic congestion and fleet management. The development of the RPAS faces some unique challenges, such as flight in unsegregated airspace, which are gradually being solved on the technological as well as regulatory level. This opens the way to some exciting new service opportunities, such as unmanned geological surveying and monitoring of infrastructure, all providing clear benefits to society as a whole.
Status date: 08 March 2019
For safe operations, commercial aircraft have to be able to communicate with air traffic control centres at all times. In remote areas such as the polar regions, communication is by HF shortwave radio, which may be severely disrupted by space weather events. The provision of state-of-the-art services for HF communication management is covered by the HARP project.
Status date: 30 January 2019
Alba Orbital is working to develop satellite applications which utilize each aircraft’s unique ‘Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast’ (ADS-B) signature. ADS-B signals contain data on flight path, and flight weather conditions, and can be used to enhance global weather forecasts, verify aircraft carbon emissions, and aid in Mayday scenarios, especially when fused with other satellite and ground based data-sets.
Status date: 26 December 2018
Within the context of satellites, terrestrial infrastructure and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), HAPS are a new platform offering unique advantages, but also complement existing services. A roadmap to European driven HAPS program and economically sustainable business cases is covered in this project.
Status date: 26 December 2018
The need for effective surveillance covering large surface areas around the world is expected to boost the market for HAPS.The study objectives are:to define services where HAPS can play a key role in the short-term, mainly for maritime and border surveillance, support to ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Recognition) activities and emergency response applications,to technically and economically assess and characterise the previous applications and services complemented by satellites.
Status date: 19 November 2018
RAPSODY, a project led by TEKEVER, will demonstrate the use of remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS) in a wide area maritime context, through the execution of search & rescue and pollution monitoring missions. The missions will be executed in near-real scenarios over the Atlantic Ocean. The Satcom-enabled RPAS will be fully prepared and customized to perform these maritime missions, including the integration of specific payloads and the usage of specially tailored mission-oriented data fusion, data compression and automatic feature recognition and identification algorithms.
Status date: 11 September 2018
The aviation industry is becoming increasingly dependent on the GNSS-based technologies, at the same time being aware of its vulnerabilities, including those originating from Space Weather. SWAIR responds to that reality with a system providing GNSS and Space Weather monitoring and performance assessment products, compliant with international regulations and recommendations.
Status date: 28 August 2018
LUMEN provides a fully integrated end-to-end solution for real time monitoring and critical situation management with medium sized RPAS that can operate beyond line of sight.The service is demonstrated with two specific use cases representative for the target market: flood extend mapping and maritime coastal monitoring.
Status date: 20 June 2018
The SAGAS feasibility study successfully completed the investigation of the viability of Multi-Source ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast) integrated services, bringing the terrestrial ADS-B (ADS-B-TER) and space based ADS-B (ADS-B-SAT) technologies with added-value from relevant ground and space based data-fusion and advance analytics for delivering the “best of truth” aircraft and airspace surveillance capabilities and value-added applications for the target markets and use scenarios.
Status date: 20 June 2018
ADS-B Xplore elaborates innovative service ideas targeting:Big data applications based on air traffic surveillance dataA global communication solution accessible for every aircraft to support safety and flight route optimizationSafe coexistence of manned and unmanned air traffic
Status date: 07 June 2018
The WAMMO project, a continuation of Ascend XYZ’s AMMO project, aims to expand the service with ground radar data. Airports will be able to visualize bird activity and identify the associated areas of interest. Radar data and correlated EO data from multiple airports will be used to produce statistical models for airports not equipped with a radar and with similar habitats.
Status date: 29 May 2018
SkyLiberty is a new service based on a software product, which aims to improve the preparation and the performance of flight navigations. It offers a full set of new concepts and services for student pilots, beginner and advanced pilots, aircraft operators, airline companies and passengers
Status date: 25 May 2018
The study aims at assessing the technical feasibility and economic viability of services enhancing human migration crisis management, through the use of Big Data solutions and RPAS.
Status date: 20 March 2018
Re-using civil aircraft to create constellations for providing high spatial & temporal Earth observation data and telecommunication services; a most ecological constellation re-using the most reliable platform.
Status date: 08 March 2018
“The fence no longer defines the perimeter.” Exponential increase in capability and reduction in cost has made drones a truly disruptive technology. Their capabilities may be leveraged for significantly improved surveillance and data collection but that also represent a significant and evolving threat. DroSecMa leverages the capabilities of drones while providing real-time threat mitigation.
Status date: 19 December 2017
KORE improves UK and international agronomists’ and farmers’ crop management by exploiting new precision agriculture techniques to target inputs and increase crop yields.KORE utilises remote sensing and satellite navigation techniques to survey fields easily and cost-effectively.KORE provides simple interpretations of complex information on crop growth and crop health.KORE replaces a successful, proven on-line agronomy service, EssentialsMap.
Status date: 13 December 2017
The DAEDALUS service offered by Satavia aims to assist airlines, air navigation service providers, and aircraft and aeroengine manufacturers to increase operational safety and efficiency, and increase situational awareness of stakeholders on aircraft and the ground. Key objectives include in-flight detection and forecasting of a range of aviation hazards, and analytics to support flight operations.
Status date: 28 November 2017
Astrocast is developing an advanced Nanosatellite network for the Internet of things (IoT).
Status date: 09 November 2017
The DART service aims to offer affordable medium distance transportation capabilities to Polish professionals as primary target market. DART will be based on the use of light aircraft located all over the country, by exploiting GNSS-based approach procedures and remote AFIS services. It ambitions to be much cheaper and flexible than current air-taxi like services.
Status date: 27 July 2017
e2E intends to offer more affordable data communication services into niche markets currently underserved from existing infrastructure or where traditional satellite delivery is too expensive. The core of the service concept builds on two key technologies that have been developed with small airborne IDP networks in mind that incudes RPAS, HAPS and small satellites.
Status date: 27 June 2017
DeSIRE II, Second Element of the ESA EDA RPAS Demonstration Roadmap, aims at developing and demonstrating a service based on a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) flying in Beyond Radio Line of Sight (BRLOS) using a dual satcom link supporting Command and Control (C2) and Air Traffic Control (ATC) functions.The project also aims at demonstrating to the users the potential of RPAS complemented by satellite applications (Satcom, Satnav and Earth Observation) for developing new services for operations.Project objectives are pursued by means of a real flight campaign using Piaggio Aerospace P.1HH RPAS, and complemented by simulation and emulation activities.
Status date: 20 June 2017
ArTeK aims at developing an innovative, effective and sustainable service offered to Properties managers to have a complete and systematically updated view and enhanced awareness of the state of conservation of immovable Cultural Properties and to support their management and fruition. ArTeK integrated service builds on space assets (earth observation, navigation and satellite communication) as well as additional technologies (drones, on site equipment, etc.) in relation to specific user needs.
Status date: 24 May 2017
Ascend offers two distinct disruptive services that cover all types and sizes of airports, from the smallest to the largest ones. These services offer analysis of Earth Observation data for safety monitoring of the airport surroundings, and combine it with a cloud and browser based management system. Thereby the AMMO services are supporting the airport operators who are asked by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to comply with the regulation EU 139/2014 on aerodrome safety.
Status date: 04 May 2017
The objective of this study is to investigate the technical feasibility, financial/non-financial viability and sustainability of a future service aiming at measuring the amounts of sulphur oxides components ejected by vessels travelling inside the Emission Control Areas (ECAs) as defined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Status date: 11 January 2017
In the advent of the remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS), the Unmanned Parcel Delivery (UPD) project seeks to utilise RPAS and satellite technology to establish a fast, safe and secure UPD service to customers in remote and hard-to-reach locations.
Status date: 07 December 2016
TT-GSAT conceptualizes a “Test - and Training – Centre for Geo-information and SATellite-based services for rescue & emergency services” as a vendor-independent facilitator for emergency services, public authorities, industry and service providers to leverage innovations along evaluated needs and requirements in the public safety & security area. A comprehensive service portfolio is designed which comprises scoping services for requirements analysis, proof-of-concept leveraging innovation driven demand, testing services for conformance and quality assurance, operation support services including stand-by capacities, as well as training services for emergency services staff. The system concept enables contextual end-to-end tests and demonstrations, with options to utilize dedicated testing facilities.
Status date: 05 July 2016
BIOSCOPE investigated the technical and economical viability of a vegetation monitoring system based on the integrated use of satellites and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).
Status date: 25 January 2016
SASISA (Small-Aircraft Service for Instant Situational Awareness) supplies airborne situational awareness support for civil protection operations in the early phases of disaster response. Remote sensing results have often only been accessible after several days. With delivery of georeferenced imagery via satellite broadband during flight and value-added mapping products within a day, SASISA offers transformational change to European emergency management services.
Status date: 04 December 2015
An initial study into the feasibility of implementing a high throughput satellite gateway in equipment containers including the use of a highly innovative approach to the antenna using multiple smaller antennas.
Status date: 09 December 2014
PLANET2 aims at providing business and regional aviation with in-flight information updates on weather conditions and hazards, while contributing at the same time to the observation of the atmosphere thanks to in-situ measurements sent from the aircraft to the weather agencies.
Status date: 30 May 2013
The DeSIRE (Demonstration of Satellites enabling the Insertion of RPAS in Europe) demonstration project is a joint ESA-EDA initiative aimed at demonstrating the safe insertion of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in non-segregated airspace using satellites capabilities for RPAS command and control, ATC communications and Mission data transfer to ground, in order to satisfy the needs of potential user communities. The demonstration will be carried out in Spain through several flights using a RPAS (Heron 1) providing airborne maritime surveillance services to the Spanish Users involved in the project.