Today, civil aircraft are typically fitted with several radios. This is standalone equipment, which is not only costly but also adds to the weight and the energy consumption of the aircraft. At the same time new technologies are expected to be implemented on board to meet the communication capacity and performance requirements of air traffic management in the future. SESAR’s flexible communication avionics aims to overcome this equipment challenge with the introduction of multi-purpose communications equipment capable of fulfilling conventional radio transceiver functions using generic computing platforms and software. The solution has the potential to reduce the cost, weight, size, and power penalties of multiple radio systems on board aircraft, and to provide flexibility for adding, removing, replacing, or upgrading these systems. In doing so, the solution facilitates the transition from current to future technologies and is a key enabler to realising efficiently multi-link operations.
SJU reference: #112
- Lower airborne equipment costs
- Weight savings in terms of wiring and overall equipment
- Increased equipment flexibility, reusability and reconfigurability
- Improved reliability and performance thanks to software reconfigurability