EASN Newsletter - October 2023


  • Announcing the 14th EASN International Conference: Innovation in Aviation & Space towards sustainability today & tomorrow

    We cordially invite you to the 14th EASN International Conference, an event focused on "Innovation in Aviation & Space towards sustainability today & tomorrow", hosted by EASN Association and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The conference will be held from October 8th to 11th, 2024, in the lively city of Thessaloniki, Greece, at the renowned Concert Hall of the city.
    This conference is all about engaging in a lively exchange of ideas. It will feature prominent figures from Europe's Aviation and Space sectors, representing academia, industry, research, and policymaking, who will share their valuable insights during the Plenary Talks. The conference will offer a platform for scientists and researchers worldwide to present their latest discoveries across various thematic sessions. These sessions, thoughtfully curated by respected experts, aim to facilitate knowledge exchange and foster collaboration.
    Beyond the research presentations, this conference aspires to be a hub for European Dissemination and Exploitation. Participants will have the opportunity to showcase ongoing projects, celebrate milestones, delve into current trends, and explore future requirements within the aviation and space domains, with a focus on forging connections and synergies.
    Notably, esteemed policy development projects will also be featured, shedding light on the strategic priorities guiding the European aviation sector toward sustainability.
    The 14th EASN International Conference is made possible through the generous support of key stakeholders in the European Aviation and Space Sector, emphasizing its importance.
    We eagerly anticipate the participation of all attendees in Thessaloniki, where, together, they will ensure the success of the 2024 EASN International Conference—a gathering dedicated to shaping the future of European Aviation and Space.
    Expand your horizons, engage with thought leaders, and be a part of the exciting journey at the 14th EASN International Conference! Your presence is vital to this shared vision of advancing aviation and space for a sustainable tomorrow.
  • 13th EASN International Conference - Key Highlights

    On behalf of the EASN Association and the University of Salerno we would like to cordially thank all the participants of the 13th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space for Opening New Horizons.

    Special thanks are due to the prestigious Keynote Speakers, Session Chairs, Authors and Presenters, the International Scientific Committee and the Organizing Committee for making this event one more successful gathering of the European Aviation & Space Community!!!

    The event included 8 Keynote Speeches, more than 380 technical presentations and feedback slots distributed in 65 sessions and workshops

    Moreover, 65 Aviation & Space Projects disseminated their latest research results as well as the future trends in the respective technological fields. In total, 410 participants from 39 countries attended the 13th EASN International Conference.

    Like its predecessors, the conference has proved to be a major European Dissemination event for research in Aviation & Space, providing a forum for EU funded project’s activities, where innovative ideas, breakthrough concepts, and disruptive technologies are presented and discussed with the aim to establish new research partnerships and possible synergies. In addition, a number of European policy development projects also found the floor to present future strategic priorities.

    The Keynote Speeches given by distinguished personalities of the European Aviation& Space sector have been among the highlights of the event. The conference delegates were updated on the future Industrial trends and the European priorities with respect to the medium and long-term goals. More specifically: 

    - Mr. Andreas Boschen, Executive Director of SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking, presented the topic “Delivering the Digital European Sky”.

    - Dr. Stefania Cantoni, Head of Large Ground Testing Facilities, Demonstrators and Prototyping at CIRA (Italian Aerospace Research Centre), gave the speech entitled: “Space Structures: the role of new materials and innovative structures”.

    - Mr. Daniel Nölke, European Commission, DG DEFIS, unit "Innovation and New Space – Space Defence", made a presentation about “EU Space Research and Innovation 2.0 - Preparing (for) the Future Space Ecosystem”.

    - Prof. Sabine Klinkner, Chair of Satellite Technology, Institute of Space Systems at the University of Stuttgart, gave a keynote speech on “Enabling technologies for lunar exploration”.

    - Mr. Axel Krein, Executive Director of the Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking, shared his viewpoint about “Clean Aviation: the ticket to zero-emission flight”.

    - Mr. Pascal Piot, Head of EU & International Cooperation for R&T programs department at Dassault Aviation, gave a fruitful presentation entitled “Towards decarbonisation of bizjets and digital certification of disruptive technologies”.

    - Dr. Marco Protti, Vice President of Advanced Research at LEONARDO, presented on “Sustainability and Digitalisation: the paradigms for a new era of aeronautics”.

    - Mr. John Santurbano, Director of Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC), spoke about “Bridging research and operations in ATM: The MUAC success stories”.

    Several of the Conference's keynote Presentations are now published and can be found here.

    Furthermore, significant conference highlights were:

    The 5 workshops organized with the support of CINEA - European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency with the participation of 25 running aviation-related projects on: 

    - Local Air Quality
    - UAS Safety
    - Hydrogen in Aviation
    - Sustainable UAM concepts
    - Digitalization of Manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing and MRO

    The stimulating discussions and productive exchanges between the projects and the audience proved once again of the bottom-up approach of the collaborative research, the strong interaction between projects through clusters and the need of such projects to feed higher TRL projects closer to the market.

    The 6 Clean Sky 2 and Clean Aviation showcases presenting the achievements made so far and the ambitious concepts and roadmaps in achieving the mid- and long-term targets set in the programme. In particular, the dedicated sessions included:

    - Propelling the future with efficiency and sustainability: The promise of Distributed Electrical Propulsion for a New Era of Aviation (CS2)
    - The GENESIS project (CS2)
    - The T-WING project (CS2)
    - Certification Aspects in Aviation (Clean Aviation)
    - Ultra-Efficient Short and Medium Range (SMR) aircraft (Clean Aviation)
    - The HERWINGT project (Clean Aviation)

    On the fourth day of the event, conference attendees had the chance to visit the Italian Aerospace Research Center (CIRA) and gain valuable insights into the Italian research ecosystem. 

    The Proceedings of the 13th EASN International Conference will be published by IOP Publishing Ltd in the respective open-access volume by the Journal of Physics: Conference Series. Proceedings are an important part of the scientific record, documenting and preserving work presented at the EASN Conferences throughout the years. 

    Further to the proceedings, selected full papers will be published in three international journals, following peer review: Aerospace - Open Access Journal, Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology (AEAT) and Journal of Composite Science – MDPI.

  • Interview of Mr. Hugues Felix (CINEA) on the importance of EU research and innovation (R&I) funding and support for collaborative R&I actions for the aviation sector

    Hugues Felix is Project Manager at the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) established by the European Commission.

    He has the responsibility of the technical and administrative management of Research and Innovation projects in the field of civil aviation with a portfolio of 25 projects amounting to 130 M€. Mainly focused on hybrid propulsion, icing detection, hydrogen in aviation and manufacturing, he extended the range with an innovation action project on sustainable airports.

    Before the start of his career within the European Commission 12 years ago, he was project manager in the private sector and in charge of building cogeneration plants in Europe with General Electric and Rolls Royce gas turbine engines.

    Five sessions in this year’s European Aviation and Science Network (EASN) international conference were organised with the support of the EU’s Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). Moderated by CINEA Project Adviser Hugues Felix, these sessions included presentations from 25 ongoing CINEA-managed aviation projects, which are funded by the EU programmes for research and innovation (R&I) Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. The sessions covered the following topics: 

    • Local Air Quality
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Safety
    • Hydrogen in Aviation
    • Sustainable Urban Air Mobility (UAM) concepts
    • Digitalisation of Manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing and MRO

    We talked to Hugues after the event to hear his views on the conference and the importance of EU research and innovation (R&I) funding and support for collaborative R&I actions for the aviation sector.

    Read the full interview on the EASN website respective page.

  • Interview with Mr. Daniel Noelke on the European efforts for increasing European competitiveness, non-dependence and innovation in the European space sector

    Health, Green development and production, digitisation - these are the social issues that the European Union (EU) is addressing in the ninth research framework programme "Horizon Europe". From 2021 to 2027, the programme has a budget of 95.5 billion Euros and is intended to promote European research and economically viable innovations. Like its predecessor, Horizon Europe is structured around three priorities (Scientific Excellence, Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness of Europe, Innovative Europe), which are divided into different clusters.

    Space Research and Innovation (R&I) is funded with 1.6 billion Euros and aims at sustaining modern EU space flagships (Galileo, Copernicus, IRIS2, SSA) and at increasing European competitiveness, non-dependence and innovation in the European space sector as well as fostering science and exploration. Space R&I support the European digital and green transformation and contribute to solutions to current problems, such as the climate crisis.

    Continuous efforts in Space R&I, producing cutting-edge technologies and excellent sciences, are necessary to ensure, on the one hand, that the EU space infrastructure remains resilient and continues providing state of the art services and, on the other hand, that the EU develops new, strategically relevant capabilities for future space activities.

    Read the full interview on the EASN website respective page.

  • 13th EASN International Conference - Conference Evaluation from the Participants

    In the frame of our effort to permanently improve the quality of our conference, we kindly asked the 13th EASN International Conference participants to complete an Evaluation Questionnaire, which concerns their overall event experience. The evaluation results can be found here.

  • EASN supported Conference - ICEAF VII Highlights

    The 7th International Conference of Engineering Against Failure (ICEAF VII), proudly supported by the EASN Association, unfolded on the captivating Spetses Island from June 21 to June 23, 2023. Drawing a diverse crowd of 256 participants from 29 countries, ICEAF VII showcased a global perspective on engineering and failure analysis. The conference featured five keynote speeches that shed light on the latest advancements in these fields, laying the foundation for fruitful discussions.

    ICEAF VII presented an extensive program, including 44 oral sessions featuring 228 oral presentations, and a lively poster session with 20 participations. This vibrant array of sessions served as a platform for researchers, academics, and industry professionals to present their work and engage in insightful conversations. Aviation related topics made a significant part of the works presented. Like its predecessors, ICEAF VII provided a platform for participants to share their most recent research results and a forum for fruitful scientific discussions. Extensive networking to support scientific cooperation has been an essential feature of ICEAF VII. Conference proceedings will be published in the Journal of Physics: Conference Series (JPCS) (5-year IF: 0.55, CiteScore: 0.8, Scopus Indexed) following peer-review.

    To further amplify the impact of the research presented at ICEAF VII, selected papers will be featured in special issues of the renowned scientific Journals, Engineering Failure Analysis, International Journal of Fatigue, Metals, and Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, following a rigorous peer-review process.

EASN supported projects: Latest news and achievements

  • The CONCERTO project is exploring novel certification methods and means of compliance for disruptive technologies. The project aims to develop a comprehensive set of regulations on certification, together with a preliminary description of Methods of Compliance (MoCs) applicable to the three "thrusts" of Clean Aviation (Hybrid electric regional aircraft, Ultra-efficient short and short- medium range aircraft, Disruptive technologies to enable hydrogen-powered aircraft). It will also assess the feasibility of a digital certification framework to support collaboration and model-based certification.

    The project is closely linked to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The collaboration aims to achieve a 30% reduction in Time to Market (TTMR) and a 30% cost reduction in certification, while ensuring compatibility with Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL6) at the aircraft level before the conclusion of the Clean Aviation program. The goal is to achieve Entry-into-Service (EIS) by 2035, prioritizing safety as the overarching requirement throughout the development and certification process.

    After its official kick-off in January 2023, CONCERTO has been progressing steadily with regular milestone reviews and progress updates. The Steering Committee members gathered regularly to discuss management, reporting, and performance aspects of the project with the active participation of Clean Aviation, while the 1st Project Management Committee meeting took place in September, focusing on the progress made so far and the key challenges that need to be addressed.

    This June, Clean Aviation showcased the latest advances on disruptive technologies at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, with CONCERTO being at the spotlight as a transversal project focusing on the certification of disruptive technologies. Watch the video that was displayed at the CAJU joint stand to learn more about the groundbreaking features of CONCERTO and how it is set to transform the aviation landscape.

    Lastly, CONCERTO team did not miss the chance to present the project’s scope at the 13th EASN Conference 2023 this September. A dedicated session on “Certification Aspects in Clean Aviation” was held, showcasing the contribution of Clean Aviation, EASA, and EUROCAE to the project, as well as the roadmap for the selected Proof of Concepts and the links with HERA and SMR ACAP projects.

    Stay up-to-date on the exciting developments of CONCERTO by following the project's social media pages on LinkedIn, Twitter, & YouTube, or by visiting the website.

  • The DOMMINIO project – "Digital method for imprOved Manufacturing of next-generation MultIfuNctIOnal airframe parts" was launched on January 20, 2021, and our devoted researchers focus on developing an innovative data-driven methodology encompassing the design, manufacturing, maintenance, and pre-certification of multifunctional and intelligent airframe parts. Our vision is clear: to achieve cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable manufacturing of high-quality aircraft components, leveraging the following technologies: • Robotic Technologies (ATL, FFF) for precision manufacturing, • Advanced Simulation Tools for optimized performance, • Online Process & Quality Monitoring for real-time insights, • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) with data-driven fault detection capabilities. 

    DOMMINIO participated in the 13th EASN Conference and joined a session conscientiously organized by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) with the sister H2020 projects GENEX, MORPHO, CAELESTIS SUNSTAINair, and INFINITE, aiming at unveiling the boundless possibilities that lie ahead for the Digitalization of Manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing, and MRO. 

    Furthermore, DOMMINIO partners traveled on the 18th – 19th of July upon the Auvergne Rhône Alpes, crossing unbounded sunflowers and cobs areas, and gathered at the impressive Centre Technique Industriel de la Plasturgie et des Composites  (IPC) premises in Oyonnax, France. In this two-day meeting, work package leaders presented their latest results achieved these thirty (30) months, discussed the progress made so far in the project, and arranged the next steps. On the second day, they enjoyed a guided tour of the IPC facilities, allowing all partners to see in person the equipment used and the actual DOMMINIO work in progress.

    DOMMINIO  feverishly continues its dissemination activities and proudly released its 4th episode  of the video series “Ask The Researcher” and the 3rd DOMMINIO newsletter, presenting the  findings from its recent milestone - "Functional Materials Engineering and Manufacturing Systems - WP3." 

    For more information and regular updates on the DOMMINIO project, visit the DOMMINIO official website and DOMMINIO social media pages: LinkedIn | Twitter | Youtube | ZENODO.

  • The European Initiative for Collaborative Air Combat Standardization is a novel project, co-funded by the European Union, which aims to enable collaborative air combat standardization by ensuring the interoperability of heterogeneous assets and a seamless integration of future air combat systems. The EICACS consortium gathers industry leaders, institutions, universities, midcaps, and SMEs in 11 countries.

    The kick-off meeting of the project gathering all the European industrial and research partners took place in Dassault Aviation’s Saint-Cloud headquarters (France) in February 2023.

    EICACS has recently launched its official website, that serves as the central hub for information and resources on collaborative air combat standardization, providing updates on the latest advancements, and fostering a community of experts and enthusiasts.

    Diffusion about the project’s scope was initiated at the prestigious International Paris Air Show last June. Our coordinator, Dassault Aviation, did an outstanding job presenting EICACS to interested parties, sparking excitement among attendees.

    Recently, the 1st Steering Committee meeting took place in Friedrichshafen, Germany, under the organization of our partner Airbus Defence and Space GmbH. The meeting provided a great opportunity for participants to share insights and expertise, further strengthening the collective knowledge and expertise within the EICACS community.

    Visit the EICACS website and follow the official social media accounts on LinkedIn and YouTube to stay updated on the latest news, events, and resources!

  • The EPIIC project (Enhanced Pilot Interfaces & Interactions for fighter Cockpit) aims to enhance air power capabilities and ensure air dominance through the development of innovative and disruptive technologies. It focuses on creating a symbiotic teaming between systems and pilots, where pilots oversee all manned and unmanned platforms under their responsibility in complex air combat scenarios. By addressing the technological challenges of future air warfare and collaborative combat, EPIIC aims to revolutionize the capabilities of fighter cockpits.

    Key features of the EPIIC project include adaptive human-machine interface, innovative virtual assistant interactions, large area display curved and free form, helmet-mounted display, canopy projection, innovative interactions, and disruptive crew monitoring systems. These cutting-edge technologies enable pilots to effectively supervise and interact with various platforms, enhancing situational awareness and decision-making in the cockpit.

    The EPIIC team is made up of more than twenty organizations from twelve European countries. The team encompasses major industrial tier-one companies but also University Research departments, innovative start-ups and SMEs: all the best-in-class of the European competences. EPIIC will foster European cross border cooperation to achieve European technological autonomy.

    The project's physical kick-off meeting, hosted by EPIIC coordinator Thales, marked the beginning of this ambitious endeavor and was held on the 26th and 27th of January 2023 in Paris, 

    Stay tuned for more updates on the EPIIC project's progress as it continues to shape the future of interactive cockpit technologies and advance air power capabilities.Follow us on social media platforms to receive regular updates, news, and insights into the project's progress.

    For more information and regular updates regarding EPIIC, visit the project’s official website and social media pages: LinkedIn | Twitter.

  • The EuReComp team has made significant progress in the past months, in revolutionizing the field of sustainable materials and composite technologies, and we are excited to share our achievements with you. Here's a summary of our latest news:

    EuReComp at the 23rd International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM 23)
    Belfast, Northern Ireland, was the vibrant host city for the 23rd International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM 23), from July 30th to August 4th, 2023. This remarkable event offered a glimpse into the cutting-edge realm of composite materials research.

    A standout feature was the Special Session organized by the EuReComp team, dedicated to the pivotal theme of “Circularity of Composites”. This session delved into the crucial pursuit of sustainable practices within the composite materials domain, exploring innovative approaches to address environmental concerns.

    EuReComp at the 3rd Polymer Process Innovation conference (PPI 23)
    In a recent milestone, the EuReComp Project actively engaged with the industry's finest at the 3rd Polymer Process Innovation Conference. Our participation allowed us to collaborate with leading experts and innovators, driving forward our mission for sustainable composite materials.

    EuReComp M18 Progress & Review Meeting
    EuReComp project team embarked on a journey to the beautiful Porto in Portugal, for our 18-Month Meeting. It was a fantastic opportunity for all partners to come together, share progress, and set the course for our exciting future plans!

    For more information and regular updates regarding EuReComp, visit the project’s official website and social media pages: LinkedIn | Twitter.

  • FUTPRINT50: Pioneering Hybrid-Electric Aviation
    FUTPRINT50's groundbreaking journey towards a hybrid-electric 50-seat regional aircraft has not only yielded impressive results but has also paved the way for a clear and comprehensive design process. It encompasses the development of the entire powertrain and the corresponding aircraft design. The FUTPRINT50 Roadmap serves as a vital guide, highlighting the future challenges in successfully implementing hybrid-electric propulsion in regional aviation.

    Before FUTPRINT50, there was a notable gap in systematic and in-depth scientific exploration and assessment, essential for establishing a research platform for future systems. FUTPRINT50 has bridged this gap, offering meticulous scientific analyses and modeling of hybrid-electric propulsion and power generation, all integrated at the aircraft level. The project has made significant strides in advancing key technologies, ultimately reducing emissions and the aviation industry's reliance on fossil fuels, aligning with the goals of Flightpath2050.

    The open-source integrated tool environment provided by FUTPRINT50 offers a structured path -from initial assumptions through preliminary sizing and subsystem development to the overarching aircraft design. This approach allows for sensitivity studies and Figures of Merit (FoM) assessments, enabling the evaluation of various powertrain architectures and aircraft designs, adaptable to different use cases.

    Moreover, FUTPRINT50 has established a robust international collaboration network, fostering the creation of disruptive concepts for hybrid-electric aircraft. The FUTPRINT50 Academy has played a crucial role in preparing future professionals to tackle the upcoming challenges. FUTPRINT50's holistic approach, scientific rigor, and collaborative spirit are driving aviation towards a sustainable and electrifying future.

    Explore more at http://futprint50.eu/roadmap and discover the transformational potential of hybrid-electric aviation.

  • GENEX at MATCOMP23, June 13-15, 2023
    GENEX was presented at the annual national conference about Composite Materials, MATCOMP23, in Gijón, Spain, by Aratz Genua Ferreras from CIDETEC. CIDETEC Surface Engineering has been involved in the project for a year and is working on two main activities: formulation and characterization of aeronautical-grade 3R resins, as well as obtaining enduring prepreg tapes with integrated fiber optic sensors that will later be used to obtain 3R composites through the AFP (Automated Fiber Placing) process.

    GENEX at the 13th EASN International Conference, September 5-8, 2023 
    In the frame of the EASN conference, CINEA - European Climate, Infrastructure, and Environment Executive Agency hosted a workshop entitled “Digitalization of Manufacturing, Sustainable Manufacturing, and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO)”. The rest of the participating projects were CAELESTIS, MORPHO, INFINITE, DOMMINIO, and SUSTAINair. Our similar high-level goals are the motive towards the development of game-changing technologies in a field driven by a team spirit. Renowned figures from the European aviation and space industries, including representatives from academia, business, and the scientific community provided thought-provoking talks in the frame of this workshop.

    GENEX at the CRS&EF, September 11-12, 2023
    GENEX was presented to the aviation repair industry via the Composites Repair Seminar & Experts Forum (CRS&EF) thanks to the organization and participation of the GENEX partner GMI AERO. It was a two-day event and took place in Bremen, Germany, on September 11-12, 2023. Distinguished speakers from major aeronautical entities, such as Airbus, LHT, and LHTT, as well as R&D centers and Universities (LZH, UoP), were invited to provide their expertise on the latest bonded composite repair scientific innovations and industrial challenges. An equally important visit to Airbus Bremen repair facilities was also conducted at the closing of the seminar. GMI Aero exploited this opportunity to present GENEX's aspirations and high goals with the contribution of AIMEN and DLR.

    GENEX’s first annual meeting, September 19, 2023
    Time flies and GENEX already had its first, progress annual meeting, hosted in the DLR premises, at Braunschweig, Germany, on September 19, 2023. The advancements in the digitalization of efficient manufacturing of recyclable composites, in-service monitoring of composite components, and repair processes and tools were presented, Additionally, fruitful and rewarding discussions were held among the GENEX partners, as a team effort, to address open and blocking issues, track potential risks and schedule the next steps. Among the latter is the imminent GENEX video series separated into three seasons. Do not miss out on the chance to subscribe to the GENEX YouTube channel for the upcoming first season entitled “Meet the Researchers”.

    Visit our website to find out more about GENEX’s progress and become a member of our online community on Twitter and LinkedIn.

  • The H2ELIOS team has achieved remarkable milestones in recent months, pushing the boundaries of sustainable aviation with groundbreaking progress. We're thrilled to provide you with a glimpse of our latest achievements:

    The 1st Steering Committee & 2nd Technical Committee for H2ELIOS
    These highly productive meetings marked an important milestone in our mission to revolutionize hydrogen storage solutions for a sustainable future in aviation.Engaging in discussions, sharing of insights, and collaborative efforts highlighted the progress made and charted the course for our next steps.

    H2ELIOS at the Paris Airshow 2023 (PAS 23)
    H2ELIOS has taken a momentous leap forward by participating in the prestigious Paris Air Show 2023. This significant event showcased our commitment to revolutionizing aviation with hydrogen-powered solutions. Our presence at this global stage marks a pivotal milestone in our journey towards sustainable flight.

    H2ELIOS at the EASN Conference 2023
    H2ELIOS reached another milestone by actively participating in the EASN Conference 2023. Our involvement in this prestigious event underscores our dedication to advancing sustainable aviation. It was an excellent opportunity to share insights and collaborate with experts in the field.

    We invite you to stay connected with the H2ELIOS project by visiting our website and subscribing to our newsletter. Follow us on social media platforms to receive regular updates, news, and insights into the project's progress. Your engagement and support are crucial in shaping the future of hydrogen-based energy solutions. For more information and regular updates regarding H2ELIOS, visit the project’s official website and social media pages: LinkedIn | Twitter.

  • The Hybrid-Electric Regional Architecture (HERA) project may still be in its early stages but has taken considerable steps forward. One of them was the successful conduct of the cooperation workshop, organized by the HERA Coordinator, Leonardo S.p.A, in Leonardo Plant in Pomigliano (Naples) on May 25. This workshop was devoted to the Cooperation between the Hera Project and the other Clean Aviation Projects. More specifically, it focused on the co-creation of the synergies between the REG projects as an enabler to derive the most benefit at the program level for the REG Thrust. The workshop was joined by representatives from HER (Hybrid-electric powered regional aircraft) Pillar Projects: 
    • AMBER, GE Avio 
    • HE-ART, Rolls-Royce 
    • HECATE, Collins Aerospace 
    • TheMa4HERA
    from the HPA (Hydrogen-powered aircraft) Pillar Projects:
    • HYDEA, GE Avio 
    • NEWBORN, Honeywell 
    • H2ELIOS, Aciturri 
    • HyPoTraDe, Pipistrel 
    • flHYing Tank, Pipistrel 
    from the CONCERTO TRA (transversal)-02 Project, under the coordination of Dassault Aviation, and, finally, from the Clean Aviation Joint Undertaking Regional Thrust Team Leader Antonello Marino. The workshop successfully proceeded with the finalization of the Cooperation Plan between HERA and the above-mentioned projects.
    In addition, the HERA project could not be missing from the prestigious International Paris Air Show, which was opened on June 19, 2023, at Le Bourget. In the immediate vicinity of important aerospace companies, this exhibition facilitates the scientific-technical exchange and the identification of synergies that could play a major role in the future. In that frame, HERA made its debut through the projection of its first promo video from the Clean Aviation booth. Furthermore, during the Paris Air Show, Regione Campania (https://www.linkedin.com/company/regione-campania/) and Clean Aviation signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to strategically join efforts to accelerate the demonstration of low-emissions aircraft technologies for enter into service no later than 2035. This event marked a significant milestone in regional collaboration and the HERA project was represented by Leonardo’s VP Aurelio Calcedonio Boscarino who stressed the ambition to develop a hybrid-electric regional aircraft concept having -50% emissions compared to 2020 state-of-the-art aircraft. 
    Finally, HERA joined the "Certification Aspects in Clean Aviation" session on the second day, on September 6, of the 13th EASN International Conference contributing to providing valuable insights into the regulatory challenges for certifying disruptive technologies in aviation. The session was chaired by the CONCERTO project coordinator from Dassault Aviation, Charles Blondel de Joigny, who featured presentations from Clean Aviation, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and EUROCAE experts. The discussion was focused on the most recent advances in the certification field, along with detailed presentations from the CONCERTO PoC Leaders (Dassault Aviation, Airbus & Leonardo) and representatives of the associated HERA and Small/Medium Range Aircraft Architecture and Technology Project (SMR ACAP) clean aviation thrusts.
    Discover more exciting news about HERA by visiting the project’s website and subscribe to the HERA YouTube channel so as not to miss out on the upcoming HERA video series. Stay tuned!
  • The Hybrid Electric Regional Wing Integration Novel Green Technologies (HERWINGT) is in its ninth month since its launch but has taken significant steps forward. On May 25, HERWINGT was one of the Clean Aviation projects participating in a workshop organized by the HERA Coordinator, Leonardo S.p.A, in Leonardo Plant in Parmigiano, Naples. The Cooperation Plan among the Projects was successfully finalized during the workshop.

    The next event where HERWINGT was present was the well-known exhibition Paris Air Show which took place at Le Bourget on June 19-25, 2023, where, from the Clean Aviation booth, the first HERWINT promotional video debuted. This promo video was the motive to create and launch a YouTube channel dedicated to HERWINGT. The latter will host the upcoming HERWINGT video series including three seasons. Do not miss out on the chance to subscribe to the HERWINGT YouTube channel for the imminent first season entitled “Meet the Researchers”!

    Finally, in the frame of the 13th EASN International Conference which took place on September 5-8, 2023, in the enchanting Salerno, Italy, a session dedicated to HERWINGT was set and completed during the third day of the conference in which six experts in the field talked about the structure, manufacturing, systems integration, and aerodynamic technologies developed in the frame of the HERWINGT project. The high-level goals of the project, along with the developed, game-changing technologies, were presented by the HERWINGT team
    while they shared their insights in the following slots:

    Stay tuned for more exciting news about the HERWINGT project by visiting the project’s website and becoming a member of our online community Twitter | LinkedIn.

  • The Impact Monitor Project, an innovative initiative aiming to deliver a collaborative framework and toolbox for technology and policy assessment of the environmental, economic, and societal impacts of European aviation R&I, has been making significant strides since its official kick-off this February. From the identification of stakeholders’ needs and requirements, the categorization of KPIs for the toolbox, the set up for exchanging tools and data between the partners, the specification of requirements for the dashboard application, to the elaboration of the use cases, the highly competent consortium has been working diligently to ensure a comprehensive and efficient framework and toolbox for the assessment process. 

    The project partners are actively engaged in close collaboration to ensure that all technological and operational aspects are thoroughly addressed. Regular meetings and communication channels have been established to facilitate the exchange of ideas and progress updates. A first virtual progress meeting was held last July to keep all partners updated about the achievements and next steps of each work package. This meeting served as a great opportunity to discuss challenges arisen and to brainstorm potential solutions. 

    Visit the Impact Monitor website and don’t forget to follow Impact Monitor on social media: Twitter | LinkedIn | YouTube


  • ORU-BOAS (Orbital Replacement Unit - based on Building Blocks for Advanced Assembly of Space Systems) commenced its journey, where we're reshaping space systems through an innovative concept. Our dedicated researchers are focused on an ambitious goal: enabling the assembly, repair, and deployment of space infrastructures right in orbit. With a strong focus on in-orbit services, we're striving to develop an advanced ORU-BOAS standard module, taking it up to an impressive TRL5/6 level.

    This versatile plug-in module will be compatible with a wide range of payloads and will feature standard interfaces to seamlessly interact with other ORUs, satellite platforms, robotics elements, and the elements outlined in the "Plan European Roadmap and Activities for Space Exploitation of Robotics and Autonomy" (PERASPERA) roadmap.

    With the project's 1st-year completion approaching, the ORU-BOAS consortium accomplished its initial milestones and released its 1st newsletter, presenting the startling findings from our Technology Review/System Requirements (SRR) and excitingly peek into the progress we've made so far. 

    Last but not least, our partner SENER proudly joined the technical session "Cooperative and Robotic Space Systems" at the 74th International Astronautical Congress and introduced the work entitled "Developing Reusable Building Blocks for Satellite Modularization," Unfolding a Path toward an Autonomous Robotic Mission.

    For more information and regular updates visit the ORU-BOAS official website and our social pages LinkedIn | Twitter

  • After four years of dedicated research, the SLOshing Wing Dynamics (SLOWD) project has reached its objectives, reshaping the future of aircraft wing design. SLOWD's final aim was to take advantage of the dissipative effects (damping) induced by the full motion in the wing tanks to optimize the wing design. The motion of the liquid in the tank when the aircraft is subject to an external excitation can be quite complex, and within the four years of the project we developed analytical, numerical and experimental techniques to characterize both qualitatively and quantitively this problem of coupled fluid-structure interaction. Through real-world experiments, it gained profound insights into the intricate behavior of large airliner wings when laden with fuel, forming a critical foundation for the development of more robust wing designs. SLOWD’s main finding is that indeed the dissipation effect of the fuel is significant, and can lead to beneficial effects on flexible wing design. SLOWD team also developed and validated the tools required for taking into account sloshing effects in the standard design process. Moreover, the project spearheaded a revolution in design approaches, harnessing state-of-the-art computational techniques to facilitate wing design and crafting a comprehensive digital model of the research setup. These innovations streamlined the design process.
    Furthermore, the SLOWD project has left a lasting impact on the aviation industry through its substantial outcomes. Foremost, it has deepened our understanding of the impact of fuel sloshing on aircraft wings, leading to elevated safety standards across the board. Additionally, the project has ushered in optimized wing designs, enhancing the safety and efficiency of aircraft performance. SLOWD's development of innovative simulation techniques has revolutionized our ability to comprehend and predict aircraft behavior, opening doors to safer skies. Furthermore, the implementation of dedicated software tools has streamlined collaboration and project management within the aviation sector, further contributing to the project's far-reaching influence.

    The SLOWD project's achievements mark a significant advancement in enhancing the safety and efficiency of air travel, benefiting a wide audience within the aviation industry and beyond.

    Explore SLOWD official website and our social media community on LinkedIn | Twitter to learn more about the SLOWD project and its impact on aircraft wing design.

Coordination and Support Actions: Latest news

  • Following the start of the Horizon Europe project, ASTRAIOS (Analysis of Skills, Training, Research and Innovation Opportunities in Space), in January 2023, it’s main focus has been to gather exhaustive view and understanding of the current offered space-related education in the EU-27+UK. To achieve this, former project results have been checked and outcomes have been evaluated and used to identify academic institutions, industry, and other training providers in the sector. The consortium has additionally compiled information on around 120 relevant programmes at Bachelor, Master and post-graduate levels and continuing education. Additionally, a Europe-wide space competencies/skills taxonomy is actively being developed, and it will significantly contribute to the project's results. Currently, ASTRAIOS is running 2 surveys, one on the current space education offer and one on the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) best practices within the space entrepreneurship ecosystem. If you are an academic, you can take the space education survey here and help us shape the future of Space education in the EU-27 and UK! If you are a company that has interest and/or experience with ESG practices in the space entrepreneurship ecosystem please take the survey here, gain valuable insights, and get the chance to be highlighted in our Book! 

    Head over to the ASTRAIOS website to discover more about the project’s latest activities. Be sure to also join its virtual community on LinkedIn and Twitter!

  • ECARE (European Clean Aviation Regional Ecosystem), a Clean Aviation project launched at the beginning of 2023, aims to develop and disseminate methodologies for creating synergy mechanisms applicable to all EU aeronautical regions and to enable the European aeronautical industry achieve the ambitious targets of the CA JU Programme, while maximising public funding impact and efficiency. To achieve these ambitious goals, during the past months, the ECARE consortium has been developing the ECARE Taxonomy, which is used as a reference measurement system throughout the different mappings of projects, funding, and stakeholders’ competences, allowing the team to analyse the funding landscape and serving as the foundation for the ECARE digital platform. The consortium has also interviewed key aeronautical stakeholders in France, Italy and Germany, through which data was collected about the interviewee’s experiences with funding, synergies, as well as feedback was obtained for the ECARE taxonomy and digital platform. Additionally, National Workshops were organized in June 2023 in all three countries, mainly with national and regional funding bodies.

    Moreover, the ECARE Stakeholders Group (ESG) has been growing, currently with 19 members from 9 countries. Finally, a Transnational Workshop will be taking place on November 28th 2023 in Brussels at the CAJU premises. Further details on the upcoming ECARE Transnational Workshop, including information on how to register, can be found here.

    Find out more about ECARE on the project official website and make sure to follow our social media pages on Twitter and LinkedIn, for more exciting news and updates! 

  • In June 2023, Engage 2 - the SESAR 3 JU’s Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) officially kicked off. The network is co-funded by the SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking (SESAR 3 JU) within the framework of the EU’s Horizon Europe programme, capitalizing on the outcomes yielded by its predecessor Engage KTN - the SESAR 2020 Knowledge Transfer Network.

    In October 2023, Engage 2 was nominated Project of the Month by SESAR.

    The main goal of Engage 2 is to share the resources and findings of the SESAR Digital European Sky research and innovation programme, with a view to informing future fundamental research, as well as transferring results towards application-oriented work. Engage 2 will have a strong impact on the future of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) sector by attracting students to a career in ATM and, at the same time, by bridging the gap between Academia and Industry.

    Engage 2 aims to bridge the gap between industry and academia, investigate the future of ATM including the needed skills, as well as inspire and support the next generation of aviation professionals in facing the challenges of the digital era.

    Many activities have already started, like the first open call for Thematic Challenges. Click here for more information and submit your proposal by the 31st of October.

    Find us on Social Media and stay updated with our latest progress and activities:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/engage-2/
    X: https://twitter.com/EngageKTN

Other latest news and achievements

  • TRA VISIONS 2024 Young Researcher Competition is calling on young researchers to participate with their innovative ideas to revolutionise transportation and EU mobility! The Competition is open to university students (BSc, MSc, PhD) enrolled in EU universities. Students can submit their ideas under one of five categories: Road, Rail, Waterborne, Airborne and Cross-modality and compete with other students in the same Mode.

    The 3 finalists for each Mode will win cash prizes, free accommodation and tickets to Dublin, entrance ticket to the TRA Conference, at the presence of European Commission representatives, major industry stakeholders, academic researchers, and field experts.

    External website link for more information: https://www.travisions.eu

    TRA VISIONS 2022 Young Researcher Competition Winners with the Mode Sponsors and Rosalinde van der Vlies (Clean Planet Director – European Commission).

  • Space Debris Detection

    Synopsis Planet is developing a New Space surveillance camera with star tracking and space debris detection capabilities. The camera comprising: a processor; a CMOS image sensor; and a lens, is in the final phase of the engineering model development. The preliminary tests have shown a limiting magnitude of 6.25 for an exposure time of 0.1 s and cross-boresight and roll attitude accuracies of 2.16 arcsec and 18.84 arcsec, respectively.

    Additionally, the Tetra3 and ASTRiDE algorithms are implemented in the processor to provide attitude information by recognizing stars and detecting space debris, respectively. The algorithms have demonstrated promising results in preliminary tests. Developing a dual-purpose star tracker will be groundbreaking for the future of space activities in the field of Space Safety.

    External website link for more information: https://www.synopsisplanet.com/our-services/space-debris-detection

    About Synopis Planet 
    Synopsis Planet was established in 2020, as a spin-off from the Laboratory for Scientific and Space Instrumentation and Modelling, Faculty of Sciences at the University of Lisbon (CiênciasULisboa), Portugal. Synopsis Planet was incubated in TECLABS, a business development center of the CiênciasULisboa.

    Synopsis Planet was conceived with the goal of transferring academic know-how to the space and new space industry. The company aims to ease the access to the space sector through the integration of advanced technologies into known systems and applications.

    Rui Melicio (Head of Scientific Board of Synopsis Planet)

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