• Project ID ALBATROSS
  • Project duration 2020-12-01 > 2021-11-30
  • Cost
    • Total
    • EU Contr. EUR 3.996.380,76
  • Status Ongoing

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  • 22.02.2021

    ALBATROSS, the most energy-efficient flying bird

    Aviation is taking further measures to meet its commitment to a sustainable future, with the launch of ALBATROSS, a 2-year very large-scale SESAR demonstration project that will develop greener flight operations to be deployed in the short term.

  • Mobility and transportation are at the heart of our society which facilitate access to jobs, goods and services. And because air travel is one of the fastest and most progressive branches of the transportation sector it is also exposed to large visibility and strong European and worldwide pressure on sustainability.


    ALBATROSS is a wide scale initiative of major European aviation stakeholder groups to demonstrate how the technical and operational R&D achievements of the past years can transform the current fuel intensive aviation to an environment-friendly industry sector.


    To reach this goal ALBATROSS follows a holistic approach by covering all flight phases, directly involving all relevant stakeholder groups (such as Airlines, ANSPs, Network Manager, Airports and Industries) and addressing both operational and technological aspects of aviation and Air Traffic Management (ATM). The project will demonstrate the complementary of some solutions, from alternative aircraft fuel to enhanced ATM and Airspace Users operations on the ground, TMA and en-route. To foster increased flexibility and scalability the demonstrated approaches will also leverage cutting-edge technologies, such modern as air-ground connectivity means, and novel highly collaborative ATM procedures.


    The possibilities of implementing a “perfect flight” (in order words the most fuel efficient flight) will be explored and extensively demonstrated in real conditions, through a series of live trials in various European operating environments. The demonstrations will span through a period of several months and will utilize over 1000 demonstration flights, which will be supported by Air France, Novair, Lufthansa, Wizz Air and Swiss on Airbus and Boeing aircraft, 2 Airports and major ANSPs. During this effort a strong pressure will be put on objective measurability and representativeness of the results, built on systematic data collection, utilizing Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

    Participants

    • AIRBUS OPERATIONS SL
    • AIR FRANCE
    • AUSTRO CONTROL
    • DLR
    • DSNA
    • EUROCONTROL
    • LFV
    • LUFTHANSA
    • NOVAIR
    • SCHIPHOL
    • SMART AIRPORT SYSTEMS
    • SWEDAVIA
    • SWISS
    • THALES AVS FRANCE SAS
    • WIZZ AIR UK LIMITED

    This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017678

    European Union