Updated: Aug 21, 2018

GRICAS
Galileo MEOSAR RLS Improvement for Better Civil Aviation Security

Background & Objectives

Recent drama in civil aviation leading to losses of several aircrafts have shown an incapacity of quickly dispatching rescue means for potential survivals, and a surprising incapacity of determining the position of the aircrafts wreck, generating major researches expenses.

GRICAS proposes to develop a safety concept based on an innovative use of Galileo SAR service for a maximum rescue effectiveness. It includes the development of NG Beacons, innovative MEOLUT that optimizes the position accuracy even for high dynamic beacons, a new RLS employment concept,

and associated In-flight beacon activations triggers when detecting abnormal flight situations.

Based on key regulation S&R players within the consortium (CNES, BEA, DGAC), GRICAS is a unique opportunity to bring to the fore one of the essential Galileo differentiator compared to other GNSS, decisively contributing to the aviation safety.

With the innovations developed in GRICAS, Galileo will get a recognized service differentiator for the European Citizen Safety in aircrafts.

Coordinator: 
Pauline Martin
Thales Alenia Space France
Avenue Jean-François Champollion 26
31037 Toulouse
France
GSA Project Officer: 
Carmen Aguilera
Total Cost: 
2 783 637 €
EU Contributions: 
2 046 984 €
Project Call: 
H2020 – Galileo 2nd Call
Contract Number: 
687556

Work performed & results

Partners
Pildo Labs PILDO CONSULTING SL
Aero Club Barcelona Sabadell
Spain
Avions De Transport Regional
France
Centre national d’études spatiales
France
Eltav
France
Thales Alenia Space - France
France
STM - STMicroelectronics s.r.l.
Italy
ASECNA - Agence Pour La Sécurité De La Navigation Aérienne En Afrique Et A Madagascar
Senegal