Startupcreated by Indra and ENAIREproposes to launch a constellation of small satellites to improve air traffic management (ATM) and has received strong support from the European Commissionwhich will support the development of a key demonstrator to accelerate the deployment of the solution.

The Executive Agency for Climate, Infrastructure and the Environment (CINEA), through the Connecting Europe Facility (FEC) fund, will contribute approximately 15 million euro at the ECHOES project, led by Startical, ENAIRE and Indra, with the aim of validating and quantifying the advantages, reliability and availability, with which this space infrastructure will transform the air navigation sector, making it much more sustainable and bringing it closer to the decarbonization target set for 2050.

The proposal obtained this high percentage of funding in the call for intelligent transport projects launched by CINEA thanks to an excellent score, with scores among the highest possible in the various evaluation criteria. It is a recognition of its technical solvency, its innovative character, the enormous impact of the initiative and its capacity for disruption.

The EU’s strong support for the ECHOES project through this call, in addition to enabling continued investment in this technology under the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking (SESAR 3 JU) and its European Digital Sky research and innovation programis compatible with the Next Generation Fundswhich are seen as a sign of the coherence and complementarity of the Commission and the Member States in terms of promoting the development of major capabilities for air infrastructure and for the European and Spanish aerospace sector.

In addition to improving the capacity, fluidity, efficiency and respect for the environment of air transport, this disruptive critical satellite infrastructure, with a strong technological and industrial component, will act as an engine that will position Spanish and European industry at the forefront of space news, a business segment with strong growth potential. This will mean a leap forward in terms of quality, which in turn will boost the sector’s competitiveness on a global scale.

CEO of Startical, Fernando Garciasaid, “The European Union and CINEA strongly support an initiative that provides an innovative and bold solution to the challenges facing the sector to ensure its sustainability and growth. As a driving force, the project should give impetus to the development of an industrial sector which, in Europe, has significant capacities, but which must move towards the deployment of the paradigms of the new commercial space..”

CEO of ENAIRE, Angel Luis Ariassaid, “The confidence that the EU has placed in a project that offers a unique opportunity to place our industry at the forefront of the world in the new space segment, which is currently growing.

Director of Integrated Systems and Space of Indra, Domingo Castrosaid, “The deployment of a large constellation of satellites, which will be replaced every five years, ensures a constant workflow that could energize the entire sector, also requiring the development of entirely new cutting-edge technologies constantly..”

As part of the ECHOES demonstrator, two small satellites will be launched into space to provide combined VHF voice and data communications and automatic dependent surveillance broadcast services to meet the needs of air traffic controllers and airlines.

The objective is to provide quality service in oceanic, polar and remote areas that existing radars and terrestrial systems cannot cover. This saves planes from having to increase the safety margin on arrival, slowing down and causing traffic on some of the busiest routes on the planet.

The project will demonstrate the feasibility, potential reduction in environmental impact and cost-benefit that space-delivered ATM services could offer, paving the way for regulators and standards bodies to set the rules for their deployment and for the optimization of air routes.

ECHOES makes it possible to continue investing in the development of these technologies within the THE VOICE OF SESAR project. At the same time, the deployment of the project confirms the high expectations that airports, air navigation service providers and airlines, as well as the European Commission, have expressed regarding the Startical project and its transformative capacity at the service of Heaven. European digital. , during the last edition of the World ATM Congress, held in Madrid last June.

The ECHOES project consortium, coordinated by Startical, also includes ENAIRE, Indra, Mitiga, NAV Portugal and DLR, and works in collaboration with a group of 21 organizations from across the continent representing industry, academia, service providers navigation, national safety agencies and other institutions, including some of the major regulatory bodies such as EUROCAE and EASA and very important industrial players such as IATA and EUROCONTROL.