GRIMASSE partners, and in particular Thales Alenia Space and ECA Group ELTA, is supporting EUROCAE for several years for the developement of the new standards for aeronautical Search And Rescue. In particular, EUROCAE Working Group 98 (WG98) is currently developing the Minimum Operational Performance Standard (MOPS) ED-62 issue B for Aircraft Emergency Locator Transmitters and Thales Alenia Space and ECA Group ELTA are actively contributing to the work of the group and was already supporting the WG that published in 2016 the Minimum Aviation System Performance Specifications (MASPS) ED-237 for Criteria to Detect In-Flight Aircraft Distress Events to Trigger Transmission of Flight Information. The WG-98 is now continuing its work to develop a MASPS for Return Link Service and Thales Alenia Space and ECA Group ELTA, joined by PILDO labs, is contributing to this work.
The activity is performed within the EUROCAE Working Group 98 Sub-Group 1and the group has begun work on the following deliverable:
- ED-xxx, Minimum Aviation System Performance Specification for Aircraft Emergency Locator Transmitter Return Link Service
This document is expected to be published early 2020 for implementation, meaning a final review around mid-2019. The activities started in April 2018 with a 2 days kick off meeting in EUROCAE premises in Paris and was followed in June and September of the same year by two plenary meetings respectively held in GSA premises in Prague and EUROCAE premises in Paris. The WG98 SG1 benefit from the experience of valuable European industrials and administrations among which ECA Group ELTA and Orolia as co-chairmen of the group and GSA as secretariat. The United States are supporting the initiatives through the participation of FAA and NASA to the meetings and teleconferences.
GRIMASSE consortium is deeply involved in the activities of the group, illustrating the commitment of GRIMASSE project to make aviation safer and improve the aeronautical SAR system and making the group benefit from strong assets brought by its industrial partners:
- Thales Alenia Space: involved in Cospas-Sarsat and Galileo programs for more than 20 years as SAR payload designer; producer of the innovative MEOSAR antenna solution called MEOLUT Next now selected by Canada, France, European Commission and Togo as their SAR ground segment antenna solution.
- ECA Group ELTA: worldwide leader in aeronautical Emergency Locator Transmitter market and developer of the GRICAS SGB ELT(DT) demonstrator, the first ELT(DT) to be tested in-flight.
- PILDO Labs: specialized in delivering top of the edge technology and services within the aeronautics and aerospace sectors which make the WG98 SG1 benefits from its expertise in SWIM.
The 3 GRIMASSE partners have taken key roles in the WG98 SG1 :
- ECA Group ELTA is co-chair and work package leader for the airborne segment standard specification (i.e. the beacon)
- PILDO Labs is work package leader for the operation segment standard specification (i.e. the integration of the RLS to the SAR ground operation chain)
- Thales Alenia SPace supports PILDO and ELTA in their tasks, contirbute to the space borne segement standard specification (i.e. the Signal-In-Space, the RL messages…) and co-chair with Orolia the dissemination work pacakge to ensure the dissemination of the work of the group towards all the stakeholders.
The GRIMASSE partners also care to ensure a close iteration process between the work performed and the progresses made within the group for the standardization of the RLS use for aeronautical SAR and the activities of the project to develop SAR solution for general aviation.
The activities of the WG98 SG1 have been introduced to the Cospas-Sarsat Expert Working Group Meeting on Second-Generation Beacon (SGB) Specifications in April 2018 through an information paper provided by GRIMASSE project and the progress of hte group will be presented end of October at the 32nd Joint Committee with 2 working papers and an information paper. Coordination with SAR community and Cospas-Sarsat members in particular appears essential to ensure the most appropriate standardization specification for the use of the RLS in aeronautical SAR and to make the international community benefit from the highest service quality of the SAR/Galileo Return-Link Service.