ANTARES (AeroNauTicAl REsources Satellite based) is the phase B study designing a new Satellite Communication System for Air Traffic Management, within the Iris programme (element 10 of ARTES).
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 links to cockpit crews in continental and oceanic airspace.
Within the Iris Programme, ANTARES is a study that focuses on the development of a new, purpose-built, satellite-based communication system including low-cost user terminals and an open satellite communication standard. The performance of the telecommunication protocols selected for the standard will be verified end-to-end by a Verification Test Bed.
The main objectives of the ANTARES study are:
• Specification, design, development and testing of a new Communication Standard for satellite-based Air Traffic Management communications up to the level required for international standardisation.
• Design and development of a test bed in order to validate the end-to- end performance of the new Communication Standard, on the basis of the SESAR requirements.
• Design of the overall Satellite Communication System and all its elements including Space, Ground and User Terminal Segments.
• Development of an airborne low-cost user terminal prototype.