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Towards Smarter Airborne Technologies

C. Ponsard, Towards Smarter Airborne Technologies : a panorama of Belgian Research. AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee, Fall 2014 ISTC Newsletter.

Driven by the Walloon "Marshall" plan, key challenges met Belgian aerospace companies within the skywin pole have been investigated by the Smarter Airborne Technologies project. A mixed consortium of companies (Thales Belgium SA, Barco-Silex, Gillam FEI, M2Systems, Dardenne), universities (UCLouvain, UNamur, ULiege) and research centers (CETIC, Multitel) could achieve innovative progress in the following areas :

  • Operating system hardening on top of electronic components exposed to extreme conditions of radiation and temperatures.
  • Cost efficient tooled process support for DO-178/254 incremental certification using a product line approach.
  • Prototyping of a Compact Passive Hydrogen Maser intended for achieving ultra-precise frequency or time management in space and civil aviation.
  • Blind Human Machine Interface for improving the interaction between the pilot and cockpit control interfaces through a multi-modal approach.
  • Simulation Radio/Airport to study the congestion of the radio systems at airports, in particular for the air traffic control, through a virtual reality approach.