The European Space Agency (ESA) recently launched the early development phase of the Single European Sky Iris program, a research initiative designed to improve air traffic management through satellite-based air-to-ground communication links. If the ESA Council approves the early development proposals next year, system development will begin in mid-2009. The Iris program is part of the Single European Sky air traffic management research (Sesar) program, adopted by the European Commission in 2004. According to ESA, satellite-based aircraft communication systems will improve communication between aircraft and air traffic controllers, reduce delays and enable optimal routing. ESA is working with many partners on the project, including Eurocontrol.
Development Begins on Single European Sky
- July 31, 2007, 5:45 AM