DFS starts an EU-funded project for more safety in airspace

15.12.2016.- The kick-off meeting for the SESAR 2020 project PROSA took place at the DFS research centre at the beginning of December. The project revolves around controller tools and team organisation for the provision of separation in air traffic management.

Twenty-three partner companies and around 30 subcontractors will be working closely together in the next three years on a central issue for the work of air navigation services, namely separation management, and will be developing path-defining ideas and testing them with controllers on simulators. PROSA is made up of seven sub-projects, known as solutions in SESAR 2020, and will deal with the safety-relevant issues of conflict detection and conflict resolution proposals. DFS will focus on two areas. Firstly, DFS will develop additional functionalities for conflict detection and resolution based on the work already done on controller assistance tools and will continue with the research on sectorless flying. In addition, DFS will work on the integration of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) into controlled airspace.

The project, led by DFS, is one of the largest of the 25 SESAR 2020 projects funded as part of the Horizon 2020 EU research programme. The overall budget amounts to approximately €43 million and the grant aid level is up to 70 percent.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,650 employees as at 31 December 2015. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as 16 control towers at international airports in Germany. In addition, DFS is represented at the EUROCONTROL Control Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Additional areas of activity include consulting, provided by the Aeronautical Solutions Division, and aeronautical data, grouped in the Aeronautical Information Management Division.

As the technological pillar of the Single European Sky initiative, SESAR aims to modernise and harmonise air traffic management in Europe. The SESAR Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) was established in 2007 as a public-private partnership to support this endeavour. It does so by pooling the knowledge and resources of the entire ATM community in order to define, research, develop and validate innovative technological and operational solutions. The SESAR JU is also responsible for the execution of the European ATM Master Plan which defines the EU priorities for R&D and implementation. Founded by the European Union and Eurocontrol, the SESAR JU has 19 members, who together with their partners and affiliate associations will represent over 100 companies working in Europe and beyond. The SESAR JU also works closely with staff associations, regulators, airport operators and the scientific community.

This project has received funding from the SESAR Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 734143.