The European concept for higher airspace operation (ECHO) SESAR 2020 project aims to enable safe, efficient and scalable operations above the flight levels where conventional air traffic operates.
Increasingly new airspace users and operations are emerging in this higher airspace. The diversity of vehicles is high ranging: from unmanned balloons, airships and solar planes capable of persistent flight, collectively known as High Altitude Platform Systems (HAPS) to super- and hyper-sonic aircraft, trans-atmospheric and suborbital vehicles. Commercial and State space operations are also transiting through the higher airspace for launches and re-entries.
EUROCONTROL led the project and was responsible for coordinating with the project partners and driving the development of the deliverables.