Inmarsat, ESA to upgrade air traffic management over Europe

- A Monitor Report 08 Mar, 2018  |    -      +
BRUSSELS : Inmarsat has signed a major contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop satellite communication services that will enable 4D trajectory air traffic management in European airspace from 2020.

The Iris programme supports the Single European Skies ATM Research (SESAR) master plan for next-generation air traffic management, which offers a strategic perspective of the critical developments that are required to deliver a high-performing aviation management system for Europe.

Iris is intended to provide secure and high bandwidth cockpit communications that are essential to accomplish SESAR’s objectives to optimise airspace, enhance safety and cybersecurity, and reduce flight times, delays and CO2 emissions.

Powered by Inmarsat’s new SB-S platform, which is already being deployed by airlines, Iris’s enhanced IP-based capabilities will relieve pressure on currently crowded VHF radio links, which are near capacity.

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