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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.

STEAM

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).

 

AMMO

Status date: 23 March 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. 

ArTeK

Status date: 10 March 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.

RPAS Intelligent Parcel Delivery

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.

RAPSODY

Status date: 19 December 2016

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 North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The Satcom-enabled RPAS will be fully prepared and customized to perform these maritime missions, including the integration of specific payloads, like a miniaturized Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and the usage of specially tailored mission-oriented data fusion, data compression and automatic feature recognition and identification algorithms.

 

TT-GSAT

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.

SkyLiberty

Status date: 03 November 2016

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

BIOSCOPE FS

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).

DAEDALUS

Status date: 21 June 2016

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.

DeSIRE II

Status date: 14 June 2016

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 aims also 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.

SASISA

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.

CGWay

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.

UAM

Status date: 02 November 2015

Become established as a Niche Communications Service Provider delivering low-cost communication services to smaller enterprises and ultimately consumers. This is being achieved through extending communications services and networks to fixed and mobile users that are poorly served by traditional systems and is being focused on new innovative delivery platforms that include unmanned airborne systems, high altitude platforms and small satellites.

KORE

Status date: 21 September 2015

The KORE project demonstrates a new precision agriculture service for farmers and agronomists. KORE augments an already successful agronomy service, EssentialsMap (which is based on ground data), with remote sensing and satellite navigation techniques to easily survey fields and derive crop growth and crop health information

PLANET2

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.

DeSIRE

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.

Birdstrike

Status date: 20 May 2010

The present activity is concerned with reducing the risk to civil aviation of an accident in the airport airspace environment as a result of bird strike.