SANDRA - Seamless Aeronautical Networking through integration of Data links, Radios, and Antennas

Air traffic in Europe is expected to double by 2025 according to the lastest Eurocontrol forecast. Future passenger and freight fleets will be more efficient and with much improved environmental performance, and will allow people to benefit uniquely from connections that only air transport can deliver.

To meet the demands of future growth, the SANDRA project will design, implement and validate, through in-flight trials, an integrated aeronautical communications system based on an open architecture, a common set of interfaces and on well-proven industry standards. In particular, the SANDRA communication system will represent a key enabler for meeting the high market demand for broadband passenger and enhanced cabin communication services.

In this context, an integrated aircraft communication system that ensures flexibility, scalability, modularity and reconfigurability is of paramount importance to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The integration of different service domains with heterogeneous requirements through a cost-effective and flexible avionic architecture is thus one of the main challenges to be addressed by SANDRA.

Integration will be addressed at four different levels: integration (1) at service level, through a Service Oriented architectural approach, (2) at network level through addressing interoperability to ensure transition, (3) of existing radio technologies into an Integrated Modular Radio platform (Software Defined), and (4) at antenna and RF level by a L/Ku satellite array antenna prototype.

The SANDRA project is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme. The project kicked-off in Oct. 2009 and will continue  until Oct. 2013.

TriaGnoSys’ role in the project is to contribute to the detailed network requirements specification and design, and also the implementation of core elements of the SANDRA test-bed software to be used in the flight trials, planned for 2012.

In addition, TriaGnoSys has overall responsibility for the software development, including software architecture definition, quality assurance, procurement of test-bed hardware, and performing laboratory trials.

TriaGnoSys brings to this important project its long-standing experience in aeronautical communications systems software development obtained and proven in many leading industry and research projects.

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Flight trials set-up

SANDRA consortium:
The SANDRA consortium consists of 31 multi-national partners from 11 countries and from industry including several SMEs, research institutions and public bodies.

Funded under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, FP7 Project Reference: 233679