Future of All Aviation CNS Technology

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about FACT

The EU-funded FACT project aims to increase the safety, security, efficiency and solidity of future air traffic management (ATM) systems by updating CNS technology. FACT supports a common performance-based approach for CNS functions to meet the needs of a wide range of airspace users across diverse operations. Moreover, it connects future fully digital and automated U-space services to conventional ATM systems, considering technological and user aspects. The project focuses on the innovative application of existing technology potentially adapted from related industrial areas such as the automotive and telecommunications sectors. 

Grant agreement

ID: 894616


Started on

July 2020


Overall budget

€ 2 073 558,75


FACT Partners

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Honeywell International,  Czechia

Coordinator

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Nokia Solutions & Networks, Germany

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Istanbul Technical University, Turkey

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Eurocontrol, Belgium

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Eskisehir Technical University, Turkey

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AOPA, Germany

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Sarp Aviation, Turkey

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Project Deliverables

D2.1

Deliverable

Initial Concept of Operations The purpose of this document is to provide an initial operational framework for technical and validation tasks. Based on the result of the first validation phase it will be updated/completed. The document will be published after the approval of the commission.

D2.2

Deliverable

Initial iCNS Functional Architecture This deliverable describes an initial functional architecture which combines optimally airborne and ground functions to enable building of scalable CNS capabilities/systems tailored for targeted spectrum of airspace users and corresponding operational environments. The document will be published after the approval of the commission.

D3.1

Deliverable

Technical Enablers and Initial System Requirements This deliverable provides description of the main CNS technical enablers addressed in project FACT as well as initial version of related System Requirements. Because project FACT covers a whole range of operations with different airspace users, the appropriate functional architecture is the key pre-requisite for successful system definition. Full document will be published after the approval of the commission.

D6.1

Deliverable

Exploitation and Dissemination Plan The document includes the strategy for knowledge management, protection, exploitation and dissemination of results, as well as the exploitation roadmap and the dissemination activities timeline that will implement it. The Communication Plan is also included as part of the dissemination and exploitation strategy. Full document will be published after the approval of the commission.

Project News

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  • Bi-weekly meeting with partners was held via Zoom on 17.08.2021. This meeting was mainly on WP5, which consists of Validation Plans. This WP describes validation activities, execution plans and contents within the consortium and operational environment and defines detailed scenarios depending on the project use cases.

Bi-weekly meeting with partners was held via Zoom on 17.08.2021.

  • FACT 1st Advisory Board meeting was executed on 8.6.2021. First of the series of Advisory board workshops organized by the project. The main objective of this workshop was introduction of the project and its scope & high-level plans, and discussion of the stakeholders opinions/expectations for the 4 identified priority topics: Airspace users’ perspective for low altitude airspace; Preparation of operational demo in Eskisehir; U-space and ATM services in low altitude airspace; Technical matters (spectrum, infrastructure,…).

FACT 1st Advisory Board meeting was executed on 8.6.2021.

  • U-space ConOps Workhop was held on 20.5.2021. The aim of this initiative led jointly by SJU and Eurocontrol is to setup U-space ConOps Coordination Cell as a collaborative platform among SESAR/H2020 projects addressing different U-space aspects. FACT is involved as one of the two projects focused on CNS (together with Safeland). This working group should support of development of U-space ConOps Edition 4.

U-space ConOps Workhop was held on 20.5.2021.

  • PJ.14-W2-61 Status meeting was held on 17.5.2021. Project coordinator presented FACT project at the working meeting of PJ.14-W2-61 (Hyper Connected ATM) which aims at identifying and specifying the high level operational requirements for a fast and exponentially capable broadband air/ground and air/air datalink for supporting future ATM and U-space operations, air/ground data exchanges, etc. It was agreed that it would be useful to discuss jointly the results of the FACT performance evaluations in the context of requirements as defined in PJ.14-W2-61 project.

PJ.14-W2-61 Status meeting was held on 17.5.2021.

  • Our Project “Future of All Aviation CNS Technology” has been funded by SESAR Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 894616 under European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and started at July 2020. The primary goal of the project is to evaluate the feasibility of a Performance-Based Integrated CNS (iCNS) concept, in order to support today’s and tomorrow’s air traffic challenges in the most cost-effective way without negatively affecting the overall operational safety. In particular, the project will focus on selected elements of iCNS concept exploring primarily a potential use of cellular networks (4G and 5G) as a complement to the existing CNS technologies within ATM and U space environment, with a particular focus on GA and drones operations.

Our Project “Future of All Aviation CNS Technology” has been funded by SESAR Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 894616 under European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and started at July 2020.

  • Klaus-Peter Sternemann from AOPA(Germany), one of the partners of the FACT project, was the guest of ESTU. During his visit, he examined the simulator studies within the scope of the preparatory work of the project and contributed to the risk assessment studies together with ESTU and SARP Air.

Klaus-Peter Sternemann from AOPA(Germany), one of the partners of the FACT project, was the guest of ESTU.