The director generals of the European Space Agency and Eurocontrol have signed a co-operative agreement regarding the use of space technology within civil aviation.
The renewable, five-year Agreement for Co-operation reportedly establishes a general framework for co-operation and support between the two organisations regarding the use of space technology for civil aviation purposes in areas of common interest such as satellite navigation, telecommunications and the environment.
Under the agreement, the parties will exchange information regarding programmes and projects, research results and publications, and will co-ordinate research and development programmes.
Specific arrangements will be implemented, spelling out the technical and operational interfaces between the respective activities and the roles and responsibilities of the parties. Each party will bear the cost of work to be done, without funds being exchanged.
One such arrangement will cover the safety regulation process for GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) with exchanges of information on the methodologies to be employed, sharing of results obtained from R&D and technical projects and joint participation in on-going projects.
Operational validation will also be taken into account by working together on all phases of flight: en-route, standard non-precision approach and airport surface movements.
A joint committee of ESA and Eurocontrol representatives will be responsible for the administration of the agreement and for ensuring its implementation, by examining potential areas for concrete co-operation, evaluating the status of ongoing activities, identifying specific action required and reviewing its general functioning.