The SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking is an institutionalised European partnership between private and public sector partners set up to accelerate through research and innovation the delivery of the Digital European Sky. To do so, it is harnessing, developing and accelerating the take-up of the most cutting-edge technological solutions to manage conventional aircraft, drones, air taxis and vehicles flying at higher altitudes.

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  • SESAR members and partners have set out more details of their plans to demonstrate the use of low-orbit satellites for the provision of satellite-based VHF voice and data communications to manage aircraft in oceanic regions of the world.

  • “Mahalo” is Hawaiian for “thank you”. It is also the name that SESAR JU partners have given to their project on how to best introduce automation into air traffic management. As Stefano Bonelli, MAHALO coordinator explains, the choice of name captures both the technical description and creative spirit behind a project, which aims to make AI-enabled agents “team-players” that are capable of cooperating fully with air traffic controllers rather than just  “black boxes” that output solutions when and where necessary.

  • It is perhaps fitting that SESAR JU partners chose the Spanish word for lighthouse, FARO, as the name for their project. As Christian Verdonk Gallego, FARO Project Manager from CRIDA, explains, the project is hoping to shine a light on how changes in air traffic management systems can impact safety and resilience.


  • Through its Exploratory Research, the SESAR 3 JU looks beyond the current R&D and what is already identified in the European ATM Master Plan.

    The aim is to investigate new ideas, concepts, and technologies, but also to challenge pre-conceived notions about air traffic management and the aviation value chain.

  • Within the context of SESAR 2020, the SESAR JU and its members have been working on two waves of industrial research projects, aiming to deliver more digital solutions to transform Europe’s ATM system.

    In 2019, the first wave of SESAR 2020 industrial research projects came to a close, delivering a number of solutions (as part of Release 9) to the necessary level of maturity to make them available for pre-industrialisation (Technology readiness level 6 or V3).

  • As with many things, ATM stakeholders need to try before investing in new technologies, which is why SESAR members and partners carry out flight trials and other demonstrations in real-life environments involving a wide range of operational experts, from airports, air traffic control centres, airlines, business aviation and general aviation.




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