How SESAR is revolutionising air traffic management in Europe

The SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking aims to transform Europe’s ATM infrastructure using the latest digital technologies to handle future demand and diversity of air traffic safely and sustainably.

SESAR, or Single European Sky ATM Research, is a research and development programme launched in 2004 as a public-private partnership between the European Commission and the European aviation industry. The programme aims to improve air traffic management (ATM) performance by modernising and harmonizing ATM systems. SESAR is the technological element of the Single European Sky initiative, which seeks to create a harmonised and integrated airspace across Europe.

The newly established SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking has a 10-year mandate (2021-2031) to drive an ambitious programme to offer quick wins to contribute towards the aviation sector’s net zero CO2 ambitions. The scope has been extended to the provision of support for the market uptake of the output from SESAR research and development through demonstrators. Its aim is to use the latest digital technologies to transform Europe’s ATM infrastructure, thereby enabling it to handle the future demand and diversity of air traffic safely and efficiently, while minimising its environmental impact, in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal.

Watch this video from ASD member INDRA on how the SESAR Joint Undertaking is being translated into on-the-ground, and especially “in-the-sky”, solutions that are already making European air travel more sustainable. 

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