A new consortium is developing technology to support air-traffic management (ATM) concepts and communications infrastructures for the next 20 years.
The Wireless Communication Study (WiComS) consortium, which includes Audens ACT, Rainer J Koll Consulting and ATMOSPHERE, has been selected by EUROCONTROL's single European sky ATM research programme (SESAR) joint undertaking.
The first stage for the WiComS consortium is to refine the future need for communications services for all phases of the flight, in support of SESAR's concept of operations (ConOps).
The second stage will verify that the technologies currently identified to support the multi-link concept, including direct air-to-ground and air-to-air connections, satellite-based connectivity and the ground-based airport segment, are the correct ones.
The third stage will identify other technologies appropriate for the multi-link concept.
The final stage of WiComS will investigate potential suppliers, both inside and out of the aviation sector.
The first stage of WiComS, which began in January 2010, will be completed in September and delivered in April.
The project is partly driven by the latest EUROCONTROL forecast, which expects air traffic in Europe to double by 2025.