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The project has the ultimate objective of providing stakeholders with a comprehensive CBA of different future satellite solutions for Air Traffic Management (ATM). The goal is to provide actors with the relevant technological and economic benefits of satellite solutions and its associated costs, to incentivise their development and accelerate the modernisation of the ATM systems. The project activities are focused on:
One of the challenges of the project is to identify innovative and high-potential satellite concepts of operations that can be attractive for stakeholders and a major contribution to the modernisation of ATM, while being feasible from a regulatory, technological and economical point of view. Another challenge is to assess costs and benefits of proposed business cases adequately, given the focus on the long-term and its associated uncertainties.
The main benefit of the project is to provide the stakeholders with the relevant technological and economic benefits of satellite solutions and its associated costs, in order to incentivize their development and accelerate the modernisation of the ATM systems. This is done through the development of a comprehensive and up-to-date Cost-Benefit Analysis of the role of satellite in the Evolution of Air Traffic Management Infrastructure, which allows to:
Based on relevant European CBA methodologies from EC and Eurocontrol, the team has designed an adapted CBA methodology for the project, shown in the figure below.
The methodology has an initial step “Understanding of the market and collection of data” whose objective is to provide a detailed picture of the market, which includes the main actors and context, cost-benefit mechanisms, available solutions and technology, prospects, data collection and forecast. After that, all the previous work is put into value by performing the actual CBA analysis. This analysis collects all the data inputs and model them into a financial and economic analysis to provide a comprehensive understanding of the different business cases identified.
As shown, activities are structured into four main tasks:
The diagram below shows how the different tasks described above provide the inputs to generate the CBAs:
Each CONOPS shall be associated to one or more services, the services revenues streams will be aggregated and compared to the cost of the solution. Ultimately, each CONOPS shall be associated to one of the business cases.
At the end, each business case shall have at least one CONOPS assigned, with a CBA per CONOPS including three potential scenarios (pessimistic, baseline and optimistic).
Scenario definition, from CONOPS to Business Case
Project phases and milestones are described below:
Additionally, one progress meeting is foreseen in the middle of each phase (PM#1, PM#2).
Activities foreseen in Tasks 1 and 2 are progressing and progress and the MTR has been successfully held.