The Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) project was launched in 2004 as the technological pillar of the Single European Sky (SES). Its role is to define, develop and deploy what is needed to increase ATM performance and build Europe’s intelligent air transport system.
Established in 2007 as a public-private partnership (1), the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) is responsible for the modernisation of the European air traffic management (ATM) system by coordinating and concentrating all ATM relevant research and innovation efforts in the EU.
(1) The SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) was established under Council Regulation (EC) 219/2007 of 27 February 2007 (as modified by Council Regulation (EC) 1361 / 2008 (SJU Regulation) and last amended by the Council Regulation (EU) 721/2014).
SESAR 1 (2008-2016) Achievements
The first SESAR JU programme, known as SESAR 1, ran from 2008 to 2016. In that time, SESAR members ran over 400 projects, conducted some 350 validations, 30,000 flight trials and invested 20 million hours to ensure that the results of the programme would meet the operational needs of those who must implement them afterwards. Thanks to this intensive work, the SESAR JU partnership delivered more than 90 industrial prototypes as well as over 60 new or improved operational or technical solutions.