Air Transport Of The Future

Europe’s ambitions in future aeronautics were described in the ‘Vision 2020’ report and the EU’s Transport White Paper which form the basis of ACARE’s Strategic Research Agenda. This research theme stretches the Vision 2020 horizon to explore and pioneer the more radical, revolutionary, environmentally efficient and innovative technologies that might configure the step changes required in the air transport of the second half of this century.

Research will address aspects such as new propulsion and lifting concepts, new forms of guidance and control, new ideas for the interior space of airborne vehicles, new airport concepts – including the concept of off-shore air stations, alternative concepts of air transport system operation – including personal transport systems and the use of urban-space, and its integration with other transport modes.

This area will pioneer the air transport of the future addressing the longer term challenges of aviation with accessible and innovative combinations of technologies which will lead to significant steps forward in air transport.

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