Last December, the SESAR Joint Undertaking was launched at a ceremony in Brussels. The Natmig consortium, of which SINTEF is one of four members, will participate in SESAR, along with 14 other companies. The SESAR Joint Undertaking is a public-private partnership which will conduct research on air-traffic control systems. The programmes will have 2.1 billion euro to develop a modern European air-traffic control system.
SESAR’s goal is to eliminate overload in European airspace, help to improve flight punctuality and reduce the environmental impact of air transport. Advanced communications technology should make it possible to improve air-space capacity utilization and reduce the negative environmental impact of flying by 10%. Even though air transport only produces 2 – 3% of global CO2 emissions, SESAR is emphasizing the importance of environmental responsibility.