Green light to two new Digital European Sky projects

The Aircraft Operations Lab UC3M is taking part in two of the 48 projects selected by the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking in its Digital European Sky research and innovation programme.

Creating a smarter and more sustainable air traffic management in Europe is the objective of this programme. To this end, SESAR 3 JU has selected the best Exploratory Research, Industrial Research and Validation, Fast Track Innovation and Uptake projects to promote research and innovation flagship priorities.

One of the two projects selected is E-CONTRAIL, an Exploratory Research project led by the Air Operations Laboratory of the Carlos III University of Madrid that addresses the flagship “Aviation green deal”.

E-CONTRAIL will develop artificial neural networks for the prediction of the climate impact derived from contrails and aviation-induced cloudiness, contributing, thus, to a better understanding of the non-CO2 impact of aviation on global warming and reducing their associated uncertainties as essential steps towards green aviation.

KAIROS is the second project with participation of the Aircraft Operations Lab UC3M. It belongs to Fast Track Innovation and Uptake to meet the flagship “Capacity-on-demand and dynamic airspace”.

The KAIROS project will improve the quality of meteorological information provided to the aviation community through the use of artificial intelligence. By producing accurate digital weather forecasts at longer lead times, aviation stakeholders will be better positioned to mitigate the impacts of weather on their operations.

Further details on the projects will be published after their official launch, subject to the finalisation of the grant preparation in the coming weeks.

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