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.