Iris program will make air traffic more efficient •

Iris program will make air traffic more efficient


Iris program will make air traffic more efficient Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency (ESA) introduces the Iris program, a satellite-based communication system that will revolutionize air traffic management.

According to the ESA, Iris will provide a secure text-based data link between pilots and air traffic control networks using satellite technology. Iris program will make air traffic more efficient as shown above in video.

By helping pilots fly the fastest routes, Iris will make air travel more efficient by increasing productivity and saving fuel, which will also significantly reduce air pollution. Iris Development SESAR NextGen NextGen/SESAR Harmonization References The ARTES Satellite Communication for Air Traffic Management element, or Iris, aims to supply a validated satellite-based communication solution for the European Air Traffic Management System.

Iris will complement existing and planned systems, supporting the growth of worldwide air traffic. It is anticipated that Iris will be fully operational in 2028, with deployment of a precursor service foreseen for 2018. The Iris Program is a new type of initiative for ESA, where the space component is one of the component in a much larger system, tuned to the needs of external partners and end-users who are not always familiar with satellite technology. Because of this, a long-term, incremental approach is necessary. 

By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Video Credit: European Space Agency

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