The Astrium Services led consortium kicked-off the Artes-10 “Phoenix” – Communication System Design Study (Phase A) based on the selection of a modified AMSS based starting point.
Work was performed to investigate the modifications required to the AMSS standard in order to meet the requirements. The modifications required to meet the COCR requirements include:
- Introduction of higher channel rates,
- More powerful error correction (turbo coding),
- Examination of handover mechanisms.
The work on the aircraft avionics focused on a design able to give a significant reduction of cost, size and power, as well as addressing integration issues on-board the aircraft.
The ground segment examined the options of centralised and distributed GES architectures allowing ANSPs to maintain their autonomy. The impact of this added complexity on the ground segment elements as well as the operation was studied.
A cost assessment of the modified system, as well as a technology roadmap and risk assessment were presented as part of the study. Finally, the commercial aspects and future work plan were presented.
The project was concluded at the internal final presentation at ESTEC in advance of the Public Presentation of the Iris programme on Feb 6th 2009.