Air traffic

Air traffic management. Launch of a new European Joint Undertaking


On 14 December 2021, the Commission officially launched the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking (“SESAR 3 JU”), a European public-private institutional partnership set up to accelerate the achievement of the Single European Sky through research and development. innovation.

The SESAR project was initially launched in 2004 in order to define, develop and deploy what is needed to increase the performance of air traffic management (“ATM”) and build Europe’s intelligent air transport system, and consists of 3 phases: a definition (2004-2008) led by Eurocontrol and intended to define the content, development plans and deployment of the next generation of ATM systems, a development (2008-2013) managed by the SESAR 1 program to produce the required new generation of technological systems and components as defined in the previous phase, and a deployment (2014-2020) managed by the SESAR 2020 program for large-scale production and implementation of the new management infrastructure air traffic.

Building on the achievements of its predecessor and drawing on a large pool of multidisciplinary expertise across the Union, Eurocontrol and more than 50 organizations spanning the entire aviation value chain, SESAR 3 JU will develop and deliver innovative solutions in several key research areas. and innovation, thereby accelerating the transition to climate neutral aviation and bringing environmental benefits in the short and medium term.

The SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking will have a 10-year mandate (2021-2031) and will be co-funded by the European Union under the Horizon Europe research and innovation program.