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In addition to satellite navigation services under deployment, satellite based systems may also offer relevant communication services for Air Traffic Management. They are considered in several CNS/ATM initiatives but, unfortunately, only a limited attention is given to satellite based solutions even if it is recognized that they can complement efficiently terrestrial systems and provide solutions to the growing demand for air transport capacity and safety. In that context, an effort has to be performed by the whole space community to promote such solutions in order to demonstrate to all the aeronautical actors that satellites can provide adequate communication services, compliant with the future ATM missions and constraints on a technical and financial basis.
The main objective of this study is to determine if satellite based systems could be considered as economically viable solutions for safety aeronautical communication services. The outputs of this study are oriented to airspace users and ATM services providers to give them relevant elements on satellite systems for AOC and ATSC services on both technical and economical basis and credibility of deployment scenario insuring transition. The study effort will be focused on the business case development. The cost analysis, the study on the service provisions and the definition of deployment scenarios will be performed to assess several business scenarios. Although these tasks will be the major ones, the business cases will be based on consolidated elements in order to be relevant and acceptable by aviation stakeholders.
Additionally to the business cases assessment, the promotion of satellite benefits and advantages is fundamental to guarantee satellite opportunities in the future aeronautical communication infrastructure. Some efforts will be dedicated to define which activities have to be conducted to validate and certificate a future satellite-based system for AOC and ATSC services. The consortium will establish a roadmap including standardisation activities and service validation/demonstration test-bed.
Based on the SDLS program, the technical analysis will provide updated elements to ensure compliant with the ATSC and AOC services requirements. Business scenarios will be developed from proposed architectures by system team. The final objective is to provide
The combination of both CNES and ESA resources allows the involvement of several partners in the consortium.
Some partners of the consortium will be part of the ?Core Team? in charge of the realization of the tasks. Other members are the ?Consultancy Partners?. They will provide advice and inputs for enhancing the Core Team work. Two workshops will also be handled during the study to offer an opportunity to exchange between the Consultancy Partners and the Core Team. Core Team is composed by contractors. Airbus, Indra, LFV, DFS, DLR, Airtel, ATOS, Triagnosys & Lufthansa Cargo are the Consultancy Partners.
The study has four main steps:
These steps cover the main tasks to perform the whole business case analysis. Additional tasks like benchmarking and promotion activities are also covered by this project.
The study is completed and the Final Presentation took place on July11th, 2007 in Toulouse at the French Civil Aviation Authority DSNA. All presentations can be downloaded from the documentation area on the right side of this page.
The Final report is currently being finalised and shall be made available via the same webpage.