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Belgium joins Iris Programme

22 Sep 2011

On 20 September, Belgium became the 13th ESA Member State to support the ARTES 10 Iris Programme for Air Traffic Management. Belgium is joining Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the Czech Republic in this ESA initiative for aviation.

“We are very pleased to welcome Belgium in Iris", says Nathalie Ricard, Iris Programme Manager. "Belgium’s support will be of great use in the coming developments of the communication system as specific industrial competence can be brought to the technical design activities. This concerns notably the testbed developed by the ANTARES study.”

Iris, element 10 of the ARTES Programme, aims to develop a new air-ground communication system for Air Traffic Management. It is a satellite-based solution for the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme. By 2020, it will contribute to the modernisation of air traffic management by providing digital datalinks to cockpit crews in continental and oceanic airspace.

ESA is now implementing the design phase of the Iris programme with the support of the European Commission, the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU), Eurocontrol, the European space industry, air navigation service providers and aviation stakeholders. Since the inception of Iris, ESA has involved the best competences in the aviation, telecom research and industrial communities to make sure that the lessons of the past are applied and that a wide community participates and shares the decisions to be taken.

ESA is organising a public information event on the Iris programme for all interested parties on 10-11 October 2011, in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. This event is designed to brief stakeholders on the progress of the ESA studies and to encourage interaction with aviation.

For more information, see the contact links located in the column to the right.

Last Update: 22 Sep 2011
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