European Higher Airspace Operations Symposium

2 April 2019

Higher airspace or the area above FL 600 is becoming a new frontier for flight. The emergence of new airspace users and operations with highly connected and automated vehicles in this higher airspace and of new commercial and state space operations will create new business and social benefits. Those operations however bring also new challenges that will have to be addressed, in particular for the aviation sector and air traffic management (ATM).

To accommodate aviation growth and these new operations in or flying through the airspace, in a safe, orderly, environmental friendly and sustainable manner, the aviation system will need to evolve.

States and regions are currently facing the same or similar challenges in all parts of the world. During the recent ICAO 13th Air Navigation Conference the 192 States agreed to develop a performance based global framework enabling these operations.

In this context,, there is a need to understand the emerging new technologies, their operational characteristics and requirements, their possible impact on existing regimes and potential interactions within the aviation system in order to identify the appropriate European framework conditions and concept of operations.

Therefore, the European Commission in cooperation with EUROCONTROL, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU), the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) is organising the European Higher Airspace Operations Symposium.

Objective

The objective of this one-day event is to to better understand and raise awareness of these emerging developments and related needs. The conclusions will feed into the future definition of European Concept of Operations, which will serve as one of inputs for the global framework. The results will also help to identify the elements to support the European competitiveness and autonomous access to space in line with the 2016 Space Strategy for Europe.

The Symposium will bring together European and international organisations, industry, regulators, operational stakeholders.

Presentations

Speaker Presentation
Keynote speech
Philippe Merlo, Director Civil-Military Aviation, EUROCONTROL
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Session 1: Higher Airspace Operations – Understanding concepts and needs
Perspective on Higher Airspace Operations
Michel Praet, ESA
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STRATOBUSTM
Denis Lebleu, Thales Alenia Space
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Airbus Zephyr High Altitude Long Endurance RPAS - ‘Understanding Higher Airspace concepts and needs’
Andrew Tailby, Airbus
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Private suborbital human space flight and rocket rpopulsion systems for spaceplanes - ArianeGroup's view on regulatory snvironment 
Jean-Philippe Dutheil, Airbus
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Operational Overview
Rob Eagles, Google
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Zero 2 Infinity, in Near Space since 2009
José Mariano López Urdiales, Zero2Infinity
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DANEO Prompt informer
Marc Vales, Dassault Aviation
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Session 2: Perspectives of institutions on Higher Airspace Operations
ICAO Update
Yuri Fattah, ICAO
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Enabling European Higher Airspace Operations
Steven Higgins, EASA
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Network integration
Dragos Tonea, EUROCONTROL Network Manager
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Higher Airspace Operations – SESAR perspective
Robin Garrity, SESAR Joint Undertaking
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Perspectives on Higher Airspace Operations
Sven Kaltenhaeuser, DLR
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The Italian Approach to Commercial Suborbital Transportation
Alessandro Cardi, ENAC
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Operations above FL600 French perspective
Pascal Senard, Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile, France
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The Air Defence Mission over French national airspace
Colonel Arnaud Brunetta, Armée de l’air, France
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Higher Airspace Operations - the perspective of the ANSPs
Manuel Molina, ENAIRE
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Conclusions and way forward DOWNLOAD

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Venue/location

EUROCONTROL Headquarters

Rue de la Fusée 96
1130 Brussels
Belgium