EASN Newsletter - June 2021


  • The 11th EASN International Conference is going VIRTUAL

    EASN Association

    The 11th EASN International Conference on "Innovation in Aviation & Space to the Satisfaction of the European Citizens", is fast approaching and we are looking forward to it!

    As the pandemic and the associated restrictions are still in our lives we cannot meet in-person. Although we will miss the EASN's yearly gathering, we are excited to announce that the 11th EASN International Conference on "Innovation in Aviation & Space to the Satisfaction of the European Citizens" will take place virtually!

    The virtual event will be held from the 1st until the 3rd of September 2021 and you are warmly invited to continue working on the organization of the technical workshops and the preparation of project dedicated sessions. Kindly let us also remind you that both the abstract submission & the registration process is open and the registration fees have been adapted to the virtual option of the EASN Conference. 

    Life goes on and we will do our best from our side to realize one more exciting gathering of the European Aviation & Space community!

  • Key highlights of the 11th EASN Virtual Conference

    We are happy to announce that the 11th EASN Virtual International Conference has attracted so far more than 300 technical presentations which are shaped in approximately 45 sessions.

    The presentations include the dissemination of research achievements obtained in the frame of more than 50 research projects as well as the introduction of new research ideas serving as motivation for future breakthrough research and collaborations. 

    In this frame and following several requests, the EASN 2021 Conference Organizing Committee has decided to extend the deadline for the Call for Abstracts. The final deadline for submissions is Sunday, June 20th, 2021!

    At the same time, as we are in the process of shaping the Conference’s preliminary agenda, we would like to draw your attention to some selected highlights of our upcoming e-gathering:

    • Nine keynote speeches from distinguished personalities of the European Aeronautics and Space Community will be conducted. Details regarding the names, and the presentation topics can be found here.
    • Two extended showcases of the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking (CSJU), namely "CS2 Thematic Topics" and "CS2 Technology Evaluator" workshops, chaired by Prof. Jean-Francois Brouckaert, CSJU2, Team Leader Chief Scientific Officer.
    • A SESAR Joint Undertaking gathering of research projects oriented to surface operations by Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).
    • A workshop where European Aerospace Clusters will present their strategic space related priorities and highlight their achievements, chaired by Mr. Philippe Lattes, Head of Space sector of Aerospace Valley.
    • A session focusing on Space Research and Innovation which consists of several projects included in the Electric Propulsion Innovation and Competitiveness (EPIC) Support Activity.
    • Several Aviation dedicated sessions which will disseminate the major achievements of more than 25 collaborative research projects, funded under H2020.
    • A variety of Technical Workshops on emerging scientific and technological topics will be performed. Some of them are:
      • Small Air Transport (SAT) Technologies | chaired by Dr. Vittorio Di Vito, CIRA.
      • Hybrid-Electric Flight | chaired by Prof. Andreas Strohmayer, University of Stuttgart.
      • ecoDESIGN and Sustainable Productivity | chaired by Mr. Torsten Moll, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.
      • High-speed missions and vehicles and civil supersonic aircrafts | co-organized by Dr. Nicole Viola, Politecnico di Torino, Dr. Andrey Kazhan, TsAGi and Dr. Catalin Nae, INCAS - National Institute for Aerospace Research.
      • UAS Services: Technologies for Flight Automation, Environmental Monitoring and Smart Mobility | Prof. Antonio Ficarella, University of Salento.

    Last but not least, the 11th EASN Virtual International Conference will be performed with the kind support of the following entities: Clean Sky Joint Undertaking, LEONARDO S.p.a, Italian Aerospace Research Centre (CIRA), Aerospace Valley, Fraunhofer IPT, National Aerospace Technology Cluster (CTNA), Campania Aerospace Technological District – DAC S.c.a r.l.  and Piedmont Aerospace Cluster.

    As the upcoming EASN’s event seems to be one more successful e-gathering of the Association, we strongly encourage you to handle your registration, so as to secure your virtual seat and ensure that your presentation will be included in the Conference's Final Programme. For more information for the Topics, the Key-Dates, the Keynote Speakers and the International Scientific Committee can be found at the official website of the 11th EASN Virtual International Conference on “Innovation in Aviation & Space to the Satisfaction of the European Citizens”.

  • Interview of Prof. Martin Andler, President of Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE)

    Prof. Martin Andler (short CV here) is the president of the Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE)an independent platform of European Learned Societies and Research Organizations operating within different disciplines and across sectors.

    ISE supports all fields of science at a European level, involves researchers in the design and implementation of European science policies, and advocates strong independent scientific advice in European policy making. 

    Prof. Andler, kindly accepted to share his views with the readers of the EASN Newsletter, regarding the challenges and scopes of the Initiative for Science in Europe (ISE), the role of Academia in Public-Private Partnerships, as well as his viewpoint on the mutually beneficial cooperation between ISE and the EASN Association.

    Read the full interview on the EASN website by visiting the following link. 

  • Interview of Prof. Andreas Strohmayer, EASN Chairman

    Prof. Andreas Strohmayer, EASN Chairman and Professor for aircraft design at the Institute of Aircraft Design, University of Stuttgart (short CV here), shares his valuable knowledge regarding the active involvement of the EASN Association in the following promising activities: 

    1. The preparation of the European Partnership Clean Aviation (EPCA)
    2. The preparation of the Global Competitive Space Systems PPP and 
    3. The discussions with the other stakeholders in establishing collaborations to the other Horizon Europe Work Programmes (e.g. Cluster 5).

    Read the full interview of Prof. Andreas Strohmayerhere

EASN supported projects: Latest news and achievements

  • FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 – “Future propulsion and integration: towards a hybrid-electric 50-seat regional aircraft” is an ambitious EU-funded H2020 project that is developing technologies and configurations for a commercial hybrid-electric regional airliner for up to 50 passengers that could enter service in 2035-40.

    The project is now over the course of the third semester of its three-year lifetime and important milestones have already been successfully reached. The FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 consortium finished the definition of the conventional reference aircraft in early 2021. This reference is used as a basis to compare the performances that the new hybrid-electric regional aircraft and a conventional aircraft are expected to deliver in the future. Furthermore, initial sizing calculations for nearly ten different powertrain architectures have been performed. This data consists of initial power ratings, mass estimations and investigations in regard to component failure scenarios. In the upcoming months, these results will be refined by analysing them in further detail by means of the open-source aircraft design tool.

    The first FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 findings and insights can be found across the project’s scientific conference and journal publications which are available in open-access on the FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 ZENODO Community. Furthermore, the researchers created a FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50-dedicated repository on GitHub  in which they will host their work on an open-source aircraft design tool that will be developed in the framework of the project.

    We could not end this article without including the latest updates on the FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 Academy. Through this academy, that was officially launched in February, future engineers along with the supervision of university professors and the mentoring of FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 partners are given the opportunity to perform mainly Master’s theses but also small projects on key topics identified within the project. The mentor and mentee assignments between the consortium and the participants have been finalised and they have begun working on their topics. At present, the consortium is looking into setting up a series of short courses for participants at the academy to further enhance knowledge sharing.

    Discover more about their work on the FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 website!

    LinkedIn | Twitter  | ResearchGate

  • SAFELAND was launched in July 2020 and aims at supporting flight and landing of single pilot operated aircrafts, in case of pilot incapacitation.

    SAFELAND focuses on the ground side and especially on the role that Air Traffic Management (ATM) could have in managing the transition from a single pilot operated flight to reduced or absent contribution of the onboard pilot to landing. The project investigates the interaction of the air traffic controller with onboard automation and/or a ground-based pilot operating through a remote cockpit position to manage the flight.

    Currently during the project’s second semester, the SAFELAND consortium has accomplished their overarching goal to define and thoroughly describe the SAFELAND Final Concept for Single Pilot Operations (SPO) in case of pilot incapacitation during flight. For this to be achieved, the consortium underwent a process including the examination of different implementation options during the development of the Initial Concept, as well as their evaluation by the members of the project’s Advisory Board during the "Preliminary Evaluation" Workshop held on January 2021. Additionally, the legal, regulatory and economic factors were analyzed to reveal constraints of enabling issues viewed as guidelines in the design and implementation of the SAFELAND Final Concept. The SAFELAND Final Concept will be available on the project’s official website as a public deliverable, by August 2021.

    Last but not least, SAFELAND is glad to participate in several SESAR Joint Undertaking project collaboration meetings all along with several research projects oriented to surface operations by Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) and more specifically INVIRCATPJ13 - W2 ERICA and URClearED SESAR projects. The objectives of these meetings are to share activities so as to: 

    • Minimize overlap of work
    • Uncover collaboration opportunities and to
    • Ensure solutions' compatibility

    All aforementioned RPAS SESAR projects will have the opportunity to share their objectives and progress of their activities during a joint SESAR session in the frame of the 11th EASN Virtual Conference, to be held the upcoming September. 

    Stay up-to-date on all our latest news via the SAFELAND social media pages: Twitter | LinkedIn

  • In-Orbit Services, Manufacturing and Assembly (ISMA) capabilities bring revolution to the way space systems are designed, built and operated, creating in turn a very promising business opportunity in terms of market volume. The PERIOD (PERASPERA In-Orbit Demonstration) project, commenced on the 1st of January 2021, aims to pave the way for the establishment of an independent European capacity, contributing in this way to the capture of a fair part of this market by Europe.

    Reaching the first important milestone, PERIOD released its Mission Statement that depicts the roadmap for implementing its concept. Demonstrating ISMA capabilities, the PERIOD mission will initiate the transformation of the lifecycle of space systems toward higher value, higher system capacities, higher resilience and lower capital expense, and toward independent European capabilities allowing Europe building the future orbital infrastructure and being competitive on the ISMA market.

    The very ambitious demonstration scenario of PERIOD includes the manufacturing of a satellite on the “Orbital Factory”. The manufacturing is consisted of the fabrication of an antenna, the assembly of the satellite components and its reconfiguration and inspection in the Factory. The demonstrator will be upgraded to extend the level of capability validation from assembly and manufacturing of structures to refueling experiments.

    For more information visit the official website of the project: https://period-h2020.eu/

    Connect with us in Twitter & LinkedIn.

  • The DOMMINIO project – “Digital method for imprOved Manufacturing of next-generation MultIfuNctIOnal airframe parts” was launched on January 20, 2021, marked by the consortium’s virtual kick-off meeting. Funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Programme and part of the 2018-2020 call for Mobility for Growth (MG), DOMMINIO will run for 42 months.

    The transition to the usage of advanced composite materials in the aeronautical industry, along with the growth in aircraft production, increase the challenges in the design and manufacturing of cost-effective aircraft structures and components, allowing weight and fuel consumption, reduction, shorter manufacturing cycles and increased energy efficiency in aircraft fabrication. The DOMMINIO project aims to develop a methodology to ensure cost-effective, efficient and sustainable manufacturing of high quality multifunctional and intelligent airframe parts, based on: Robotized technologies (ATL, FFF), Advanced simulation tools, On-line process & quality monitoring, SHM (Structural Health monitoring) methods enabled by real time data-driven fault detection.

    DOMMINIO is coordinated by Asociación de Investigación Metalúrgica del Noroeste (AIMEN) bringing together a balanced consortium of 13 partners (National Technical University of Athens, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, Centre Technique Industriel de la Plasturgie et des Composites, Fundación IMDEA Materiales, National Institute for Aerospace Research "Elie Carafoli", TORTECH Nano Fibers LTD, DASEL SL, Innovation in Research & Engineering Solutions, EASN Technology Innovation Services, BAE SYSTEMS, ESI Group, ACITURRI Engineering SL) from academia, research institutes, SMEs and LE, providing the needed expertise to ensure the achievement, exploitation and deployment of the project’s results.

    Currently approaching the end of its first semester, the DOMMINIO consortium has a) accomplished the milestone regarding the project’s visual identity, communication toolkit & public website development, b) clarified ethics requirements, c) developed the first issue of the Quality Assurance Plan, and d) has been working on the manufacturing systems specifications and conceptual design framework.

    For more information and regular updates of the DOMMINIO project visit the DOMMINIO official website and DOMMINIO social media pages: LinkedIn | Twitter

  • The wings of large civil passenger aircrafts are highly flexible structures that house the fuel tanks but and can deform significantly when atmospheric turbulence or gust is encountered. The EU funded Horizon 2020 SLOWD (SLOshing Wing Dynamics) project aims to investigate in-depth the effect of sloshing on the dynamics of the wing structures, carrying fuel, through the development of experimental, numerical and analytical methods; and eventually to take advantage of the dissipative effect of sloshing to reduce loads from gusts and turbulence.

    Despite the struggles faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SLOWD is well on the way to achieving its objectives and this was confirmed by the European Commission Project Officer and the EC reviewer during the project’s Review meeting that was successfully held online on 19 April 2021. A fruitful series of internal Progress meetings followed from 20 to 22 April 2021.

    Since our last update in January, the SLOWD researchers have further enriched their significant list of published scientific papers in prestigious journals and conferences, which are available in Open Access in the SLOWD ZENODO Community. Further to this, they produced interesting visualizations of the violent free-surface motions in partially filled rectangular tanks that were subjected to time-varying vertical accelerations, such as those caused by gust and atmospheric turbulence when acting on civil aircraft wings (courtesy of CNR-INM). These are available on the project’s YouTube channel .

    Connect with us through our networks and stay up-to-date!

    LinkedIn | Twitter  | YouTube |ZENODO| ResearchGate


Coordination and Support Actions: Latest news


    Young and senior researchers throughout Europe are invited to submit innovative transport concepts in all five modes: Road, Rail, Waterborne, Airborne, Cross – modality.

    For the young researcher competition, the deadline for a short abstract is 30 June 2021. Following this, the participants will be requested to develop and submit their full ideas by 31 October 2021.

    The deadline for senior researchers to submit their proposals is 30 November 2021.

    For further information, please visit http://www.travisions.eu.   

    In addition to these two competitions, a special award will be introduced, for honouring a “very” senior researcher who is about to complete or has already completed his/her career, and who has through the years made an outstanding and well-recognized contribution to transport-related research and innovation. An Open Call for nominations will soon be launched to the entire transport research community. More info will shortly be announced.

  • The concept of the UMA3 (Unique Materials for Advanced Aerospace Applications) project is based on the creation of a value chain of knowledge of research entities in the scope of powder metallurgy process, additive manufacturing, high-performance PVD nanocoatings and fully 3D investigations to reinforce the science and technology knowledge of University of Miskolc, Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering (UNIMI-FMSE).

    Along the professional topics, the design of the experiments has started and some samples have already been completed. To boost the scientific excellence and innovation activities of UNIMI-FMSE, the consortium partners will implement a proper strategy based on four main pillars. Nowadays, when innovation is redefining the future success of organizations, it is extremely important to provide a coherent network that allows for transnational collaboration between researchers and industry.

    Based on the state of the art, the UMA3 concept and methodology fit well to today's trends, while the demands and practical aspects are determined by Industrial Cluster (IC) activities in order to satisfy a better knowledge transfer. The establishment of the IC is in progress, involving several Hungarian and international partners.

  • Time flies and the H2020 project OSCAR is coming to an end. The OSCAR team is in the final round to publish a Code of Conduct, written by and for people working in research. Our Code of Conduct will make it easy for everybody to commit to Open Science within their very own limits and unique levels of IP and confidentiality. Being dedicated to Open Science does not mean sharing and exposing every detail of your work, but joining a communal idea of driving research forward together.

    The OSCAR team is happy to announce that we have joined forces with our dear colleagues from the BE OPEN team for a communal event.

    Join us, free of charge, on June 16th 2021, 2PM CEST, to learn more about the benefits of Open Science and the OSCAR Code of Conduct. You will also receive valuable input on how to implement Open Science principles in your Horizon Europe proposal and thereby elevating your chances to fund your research. To join our event, please register here by June 14th, 2021.

    For more information visit our website or contact christina.breitzke@ifam.fraunhofer.de

Other latest news and achievements

  • This year’s European Green Week is dedicated to “Zero pollution for healthier people & planet”. Air, water, and soil quality degradation is, among others, a driving factor of physical and mental illness, therefore, taking action to tackle it in every related sector is imperative. Under this thematic, the “Circular aviation for green growth” online partner event was organized, to raise awareness about how circularity in the sector of aviation can lead to greener aviation, via tackling resource consumption and emissions along the entire value chain, including production of aircraft, maintenance, and end-of-life solutions.

    SUSTAINair Horizon 2020 research project, as host, set a round-table discussion with stakeholders from business & research of the European aviation & aerospace sector, such as the Association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics (EREA), the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE), AIRBUS, CleanSky Joint Undertaking, and Jet Maintenance Solutions, to clarify the meaning of circular economy in the sector.

    A showcase session then followed, with Horizon 2020 and CleanSky research projects that work on key enabling technologies for circular aviation, such as advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, photonics, as well as artificial intelligence for predictive diagnostics.

    The participating projects, namely:

    • MOPRHO - Embedded Life-Cycle Management for Smart Multimaterials Structures: Application to Engine Components
    • DOMMINIO - Digital method for imprOved Manufacturing of next-generation MultIfuNctIOnal airframe parts
    • SUSTAINair - SUSTAINablility increase of lightweight, multifunctional and intelligent airframe and engine parts
    • ecoDESIGN® of Clean Sky 2

    , that share the vision for sustainability in the aeronautical industry, presented their latest advancements and expected outcomes.

    As directly linked with the EU Green Deal, such events point towards a sustainable future of zero pollution.

    Stay up-to-date on the latest news in the field of circular aviation by regularly checking the projects’ official websites and social media.

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