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Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering | Year: 2011

The Single European Sky Air Traffic Management (ATM) research programme SESAR has identified continued growth in demand for aircraft communications as air traffic increases and communications become more network centric. Alongside existing systems such as VHF Data Link Mode 2, new systems such as the L-band Digital Aeronautical Communication System (LDACS) and the Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System (AeroMACS) are being proposed. This growth is likely to increase the size, weight and cost of avionics radio communication equipment, so there is a need to examine new radio architectures which will help limit these increases. SANDRA is a European Commission programme which aims to design and demonstrate an integrated communications system using software defined radio techniques. The concepts behind the integrated communications system are described, including improved modularity using high-speed digital links, security, redundancy and certification. The specific requirements of the SANDRA programme and details of the proof-of-concept demonstrator are outlined. © Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2011.

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