Europe's ACARE updates strategic research agenda

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Representatives of the joint government/industry Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) have updated the organisation’s strategic research agenda, a little over two years after publishing the original framework.

ACARE is a 39-member body which aims to define the direction of European aeronautical research in order to ensure that European companies compete more effectively with the USA.

Its latest agenda covers the period to around 2025. This second edition, known as SRA-2, provides a detailed technical review of the technologies needed to address different scenarios for the future of Europe’s air transport sector.

“In a time when air traffic is growing steadily and worldwide competition puts heavy pressure on European industry, SRA-2 provides a common reference for research and technological development for all players,” says a statement from the European Commission.

SRA-2 concentrates on five key areas: security, time-efficiency, cost-efficiency, customer focus and environmental responsibility. The EC says: “These concepts make it possible to identify the various challenges for the relevant technologies.”