The European Commission intends to enhance the progression of Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) solutions through the SESAR innovation cycle by implementing solutions to accelerate their transition from the development to the industrialisation and implementation processes. Currently SESAR solutions are handed over to the industry once they have reached the V3 maturity level. Validations are performed by a limited yet representative group of stakeholders in an environment that is as close as possible to real operational environments (mainly simulations and relying on pre-industrial prototypes). At the time of the handover, most SESAR solutions require industry-wide specifications and standards to allow their implementation. The competencies of the existing SESAR implementation bodies (SJU and SESAR Deployment Manager) do not cover the industrialisation phase. This phase is currently carried out solely by the industry with the support of Eurocae, the European Standardisation Organisations and EASA. However, industrialisation remains a crucial bottleneck in the SESAR innovation cycle. Closing the maturity gap between the end of research and the start of implementation is therefore essential for the success of SESAR and SES.
The study aims at identifying the conditions to be established for ensuring an effective coordination of the industrialisation processes to advance Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) solutions more rapidly through standardisation and certification.
In cooperation with our partners Winsland, UK, and ECORYS, NL, the study analyses the progression of SESAR solutions through the SESAR innovation cycle, identifying potential solutions to accelerate their transition from the development to the industrialisation and implementation processes.
In particular, the study focuses on potential ways to facilitate the industrialisation of SESAR solutions whose, sometimes, slow pace has delayed the deployment of new SESAR technologies and reduced the pace of modernising the air traffic systems in Europe. The study shall comprise a large number of interviews with relevant stakeholders of the sector, as well as two workshops, and shall end with the release of the final report beginning of July 2020.