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Participation in “Clean Sky” program successfully completed

2015 / 02 / 05

Elsis together with joint activity partner Elsis PRO successfully completed participation in „Clean Sky“ program. Though „Clean Sky“ program, which started in 2008 and finish only in 2017, but active phase of participation lasted 3 years, from January 2011 untill December 2014.

Clean Sky program is joint undertaking (JU) by industry, science and research community and European Commision (JU – Joint Undertaking). The CS comprise of 6 Joint Technology Innitiative areas (JTI), JTI is divided into domains, domains – into work packages (WP), WPs contain tasks (T), which provide results or deliverables (D).

Elsis, as Associate partner, participated in MTM (Mission & Trajectory Management) domain of GRA JTI. GRA technological leaders – Alenia Aermacchi (Italy) and EADS Casa (Spain), MTM domain leader – Alenia Aermacchi, other participants – THALES Avionics (France), University of Bologna and ELSIS.

Elsis tasks (T) in the program and provided deliverables (D) can be represented as follwos:

  • Clean Sky (CSJU) – Green Regional Aircraft (GRA JTI) – Mission & Trajectory Management domain (MTM):
  1. WP4.2.2: Basic Prototyping Tool, T4.2.2-04 (Development of the essential A/C systems basic models), D4.2.2-13 (Advanced Communication Interface Model)
  2. WP4.3: Prototyping Tool for MTM Functions, T4.3-02 (Upgrade of the basic A/C modelling) – D4.3-17 (Upgraded ACIM), D4.3-24 (Progress report for ACIM integration in upgraded FS), D4.3-30 (Progress report for refinement of ACIM and integration in upgraded FS), D4.3-34 (Final progress report for ACIM).

The main goal of MTM domain – with the help of flight simulator demonstrate new flight mission and aircraft trajectory management possibilities, which would allow to optimize flight parameters, thus ensuring lower fuel consumption (economical dimension), less air polution and noise (environmental dimension).

Flight simulator (GRA FS) comprises of 3 main parts: aircraft simulator (GRA or 90 pax turboprop aircraft analogue), air trafic controller simulator (ATC) and air traffic scenario modeler (ATM).

ELSIS task – design and develop new type of interface (advanced communication interface model) to be used between aircraft (pilot) and air traffic control centre (ATC), starting fromthe prototype to fully featured version, also integrate the ATC into GRA FS.

The ATC software application not only represents the aircraft on the map (GIS) together with relevant flight data, but also provides new and advanced communication means between pilot and air traffic control centre, e.g. substituting voice communication with message communication, direct exchange of information between air controller and aircraft flight management system (FMS). The new modern message communication standards were implemented in ATC application: ADS-C (Automatic Dependence Surveillance – Contract) and CPDLC (Controller-Pilot Data Link Communication). All this allows to imporve management quality, increase communication efficiency and flight safety.

Technologies used in ATC application: Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, C#, DotSpatial GIS, SQLite DB, VT-MAK HLA simulation platform.

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