Satellite Communication for Air Traffic Management (Iris)

The Iris Programme aims to make aviation safer, greener and more efficient by developing a new satellite-based air–ground communication system for Air Traffic Management (ATM), in partnership with Inmarsat. By 2028, Iris will enable full 4D trajectory management over airspaces across the globe and the data link will be the primary means of communications between controllers and cockpit crews.

The Satellite Communications System for Safe and Secure Air Traffic Management Data Links and Voice [PDF - 2019]

Iris: satcom for aviation [VIDEO] 

News and Events

News and Events

  • Iris Convergence

    Two approaches were considered in the past for the long term evolution of the safety critical satcom for aviation: Purpose built system with custom air interface (ANTARES) and the incremental evolution of Inmarsat’s system and services (Iris Precursor, Iris Service Evolution). This study helps to converge the two approaches and find synergies.

  • Iris Service Evolution

    Iris is Europe’s latest development in satellite-based aviation safety services. The Iris Service Evolution is looking into the technology, operational and strategy roadmap to meet the long term requirements for air traffic control services aligned with the SESAR Future Communication Infrastructure objectives. It follows the activities conducted...

  • Review of Iris ATN/IPS and feedback to...

    The future European Air Traffic Management (ATM) is currently being defined by the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme. The Iris programme is the satellite-based solution for the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme. By 2020 it will contribute to the modernisation of air traffic management by providing digital data...

  • Iris Precursor

    Iris Precursor will develop enhancements to existing aeronautical satcom to allow its operation in dense continental airspace. The enhanced system will comply with international standards being produced at EUROCAE/RTCA and ETSI, with performance equivalent to or exceeding the next generation of terrestrial VHF datalink services. A new entity would...

  • Air-ground Router for ATM Safety Communication

    The main objective of this project is to design, manufacture and test a prototype of an ATN/IPS air-ground router as the interface between EATMN and the ground earth station.ecific design and architecture is required for the AGR when compared to commercial off-the-shelf products.

  • Analysis and Definition of the Satellite System...

    Iris is the programme to develop a new Air-Ground communication system for Air Traffic Management as the satellite-based communication solution for the SESAR programme. Phase 1 is completed. Phase 2 (2.1 during 2009-17 and 2.2 during 2014-2017), includes the present study and concerns the design and development of the new satellite communication...


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