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  The New on board Satellite based Navigation, Communication Systems and Technologies




     Contract Nr.:       AIP4-CT-2005-516128

     Total budget :     19 628 427 €

     EU contribution : 11 088 000 €

     The project receives research funding from the European Commission's 6th
     Framework Programme (DG Research).

     Number of partners : 29

     Coordination :   Thales Avionics
                               105, av. du général Eisenhower
                               B.P.63647 31036
                               TOULOUSE CEDEX France

     Starting date : 01 April 2005    Duration : 51 months

     Major milestones

                         April 2006 :
System requirements

                         April 2007 : System and equipment specification and test plan

                         April 2008 : Mock-ups ready for aircraft integration

                         June 2009 : Final results


In the first 20 years of the 21st Century, air traffic is expected to approximately double in volume.

Future satellite based navigation and communication systems will play an important part in making this expansion possible by improving the usage of available airspace in all weather conditions. A beneficial consequence of this better management of airspace capacity will be reductions in air pollution, noise, and fuel consumption and an increased safety.


The core of ANASTASIA research is to provide on-board Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) solutions to cope with the foreseen doubling of air traffic by 2020.

ANASTASIA will carry out research of future technology and system architectures for navigation, resulting in the development of a new generation of airbone GNSS receivers for all phases of flight. Such systems will offer accurate and safe global navigation while reducing avionics cost through the optimisation of the number and complexity of on board equipment.

On the communication side, work will concentrate on the design and implementation of a prototype Satcom system that will meet the evolving European Air Traffic Management (ATM) requirements. Research will also be made into higher bandwidth services, systems and airbone equipment to efficiently meet long term future aircraft communication requirements, including both ATM and passenger needs.

The future needs of Surveillance will be consolidated with the requirements and key technology tests from communications and Navigation.


As the requirements of civil air transport management are world level problems, the ANASTASIA team has been formed under the leadership of world level players in the fields of civil aviation research, aircraft manufacture, air navigation and communication systems manufacture and satellite communications service provision.

The ANASTASIA project gathers large companies, SMEs, research centres and universities from many European countries.

The team includes:

world class leaders in the major work-package areas

world class players in key study areas of aviation and satellite technology

technical experts from across the EU to provide a broad and robust view of future
      technological capabilities


The main goal of ANASTASIA is to pave the way for the introduction of new satellite-based technologies into aircraft operations in both navigation and communications.
The main outcome of ANASTASIA will be recommendations for future civil aircraft operation and a set of evaluated technologies and avionics architectures achievable from 2010 that will enable more autonomous, satellite-based aircraft operation.

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