UltraFast wind sensOrs for wake-vortex hazards mitigation

Project details

UFO

UltraFast wind sensOrs for wake-vortex hazards mitigation
Air transport
Funding: European (7th RTD Framework Programme)
Duration: 11/12 - 10/15
Transport Themes: Air transport (key theme).
Innovative technologies
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Background & policy context: 

UFO research works will address a wide range of innovative technologies through studies of new Ultra Fast Lidar/Radar Wind & EDR (Eddy Dissipation Rate for turbulence) monitoring sensors, usable for Wake-Vortex Hazards Mitigation, but also for severe Cross-Wind, Air Turbulence and Wind-Shear.

Objectives: 

The UFO project aims at ensuring aviation safety at current high standards or even better, regardless of air transport growth, through Wake-Vortex Advisory Systems improvement, in connection with SESAR P12.2.2 project.

Methodology: 

Constrained by high update rate and accuracy requirements needed for wind measurements, 2D electronic scanning antenna technology based on low cost tile will be explored for X-band radar through a development of a tile mock up as well as a new high power laser source of 1.5 micron Lidar 3D scanner with higher power.

In addition, new design tools will be developed through simulators, able to couple Atmosphere models with Electromagnetic, Radar and LIDAR models. In parallel, advanced Doppler signal processing algorithm will be developed and tested for 3D wind field and EDR monitoring, including the algorithm for the resources management of the different sensors. Comparison with already existing sensors as C band meteorological radar and S band ATC radar, but also ADS-B Downlink will be studied.

Calibration of the ground sensors (Lidar, X band radar, C band radar with ADS-B datalink) and the simulators will be achieved through a set of experimental trials in Munich and Toulouse. In Toulouse, an aircraft equipped with airborne probes will enable in situ comparison.

Institution Type: 
Institution Name: 
The European Commission
Type of funding: 
Partners: 
  • STICHTING NATIONAAL LUCHT- EN RUIMTEVAARTLABORATORIUM
  • UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
  • LEOSPHERE
  • THALES SYSTEMES AEROPORTES S.A.
  • UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6
  • DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
  • KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS METEOROLOGISCH INSTITUUT-KNMI
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
  • OFFICE NATIONAL D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES AEROSPATIALES
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG
  • DEUTSCHER WETTERDIENST
Contact Name: 
Florence DIETZI-NEYME (Mrs)
Organisation: 
THALES AIR SYSTEMS S.A.
Address: 
Avenue Charles Lindbergh 3, 20351, RUNGIS, FRANCE
City: 
RUNGIS
Contact country: 
France
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