- SJU reference # PJ.14-W2-107 /Release 10
- Status In the pipeline
SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS PROVIDE FUTURE EYE-IN-THE-SKY
This Solution was formerly part of PJ.14-02-02-W1
Communication systems on board the most recent commercial satellite systems offer new capabilities to support airspace management communication needs. The technology is an essential part of the seamless, resilient and integrated future communication infrastructure (FCI) that will allow the real-time sharing of 4D trajectories and timely access to ATM data and information services. SESAR 1 successfully tested a secure satellite-based air traffic services datalink (SatCom Class B), using the Iris Precursor, which takes advantage of IP-based broadband to provide secure and high-bandwidth cockpit communications to exchange flight information and trajectory data with the ground.
Complementary to this and as an element of the FCI, the SESAR JU programme is researching satellite datalink technology for the continental and remote/oceanic regions (long-term SatCom/Class A) including digital voice, to support the ATM concept in the 2025+ timeframe. In this respect, SESAR partners are working closely with European Space Agency (ESA) and the Iris Programme to ensure that communications services evolve to accommodate future communications requirements. The technology is among those identified by ICAO to support FCI services described in the preceding solution (PJ.14-W2-77 FCI services), and is expected to increase datalink availability and capacity, resulting in improved safety, security and resilience.