The first meeting for an EU-funded SESAR 2020 project for the development of better separation in air traffic management took place at the German air navigation service provider DFS research centre at the beginning of December.
Twenty-three partner companies and around 30 subcontractors will be working closely together in the next three years on separation management, and will be developing path-defining ideas and testing them with controllers on simulators. PROSA is made up of seven sub-projects, known as solutions in SESAR 2020, and will deal with the safety-relevant issues of conflict detection and conflict resolution proposals. DFS will focus on two areas – conflict detection and resolution based on the work already done on controller assistance tools and will continue with the research on sectorless flying. DFS will also work on the integration of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) into controlled airspace.
The project, led by DFS, is one of the largest of the 25 SESAR 2020 projects funded as part of the Horizon 2020 EU research programme. The overall budget amounts to approximately €43 million and the grant aid level is up to 70 percent.
As the technological pillar of the Single European Sky initiative, SESAR aims to modernise and harmonise air traffic management in Europe. The SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) was established in 2007 as a public-private partnership to support this endeavour. Founded by the European Union and Eurocontrol, the SESAR JU has 19 members, who together with their partners and affiliate associations will represent over 100 companies working in Europe and beyond. The SESAR JU also works closely with staff associations, regulators, airport operators and the scientific community.