Via Satellite Magazine: ESA, Inmarsat Complete Flight Trials of European ATM Modernization Project
The European Space Agency (ESA) and Inmarsat have completed the first flight trials for Iris Precursor, a project to enhance and modernize air traffic management over European airspace. Iris Precursor focuses on the development and deployment of secure satellite-based data link communications to significantly optimize European airspace capacity, leading to overall reductions in flight times, fuel burn and CO2 emissions. Iris Precursor aims to complement existing terrestrial data link communications (VDL2), which are expected to reach capacity in the near future. Full article
Calian's Systems Engineering Division (SED) provided the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) Ground Gateway for the European Space Agency (ESA) and Inmarsat's Iris Precursor project. In aviation, ACARS is a digital datalink system for transmission of short messages between aircraft and ground stations via airband radio or satellite.