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InnovativeSystems for Personalised Aircraft Cabin Environment

European Union
Complete with results
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€2 906 887
EU Contribution
€2 058 900
Project website
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues
Transport sectors
Passenger transport


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

The focus of this project was to improve passengers comfort and well-being, while fulfilling specific human needs during flight. To address the individual passenger and her/his needs, this was done in the frame of an individual and innovative seat environment. The ISPACE project provided concepts and step-change technologies in order to reach a revolution in personalised passenger climate control.


The primary objective of ISPACE was to provide a step-change in passenger comfort during flight by providing aircraft manufacturers and the supplier industry with the knowledge and innovations needed to address the individualisation of passenger cabin environment.

ISPACE set out to close existing technological gaps to achieve an enhanced cabin environment and passenger comfort with regard to: temperature, humidity, ventilation and well-being by controlling the individual's climate. Therefore, concepts and technologies were developed and their proof of principle shown through simulation as well as hardware models in a most realistic test environment (including low cabin pressure). The focus is on the personal environment of cabin occupants.


The project result provides aircraft manufacturers and suppliers with know-how and innovations to address the individualisation of the cabin environment. This will ultimately provide a step-change in passenger comfort during flight. Furthermore, validated tools for the simulation of individualised cabin environment will be developed.

ISPACE set out to:

  1. develop concepts for individualisation of passenger cabin environment and prove its general feasibility,
  2. develop and prove emerging step-change technologies for individualisation of passenger cabin environment,
  3. provide simulation tools for individualised cabin environment and
  4. give recommendations for existing and future commercial aircraft.

ISPACE is in line with previous projects, funded by the EC, which investigated the cabin environment with a philosophy on human centred design. Most of these projects investigated the current status and/or studied the impact of environmental parameters on the human perception of cabin comfort. Thus, only developments have been explored and problems have been identified. ISPACE on the other hand, addressed the individualisation of cabin environment and pushed the vision of individualisation of passenger cabin environment and comfort into reality.

To enable development of an individual climate system which allows each passenger to control the ambient climate conditions, the ISPACE consortium consists of ten European research institutions and companies.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
The European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)


In January 2013, at the time of publication, no final results and/or deliverabels have been published or made public by the consortium. The results mentioned here, are expected or intermediate results as mentioned on the project website. The ISPACE project provides major innovations, like:

  • gaining know-how about individualisation of passenger cabin environment and its impact on human perception;
  • developing concepts for individualisation of passenger cabin climate and comfort;
  • individualisation of passenger cabin climate in a realistic flight environment;
  • developing validated simulation tools for the design of individualised cabin environment;
  • developing and evaluating technologies for individualisation of passenger cabin climate.

Strategy targets

Innovating for the future (technology and behaviour): A European Transport Research and Innovation Policy


Lead Organisation
Frauenhofer Geselschaft Zur Foerderung Der Angewandten Forschung E.v.
Hansastrasse 27C, 80686 MUNCHEN, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€656 521
Partner Organisations
Medical University Of Vienna
Spitalgasse 23, 1090 VIENNA, Austria
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€339 800
Streit Technische Gebaudeausrustung
Gewerbering 7, 83624 OTTERFING, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€168 134
Airbus Defence And Space Gmbh
Ludwig-Boelkow-Allee 1, 85521 Ottobrunn, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€112 164
Vysoke Uceni Technicke V Brne
Antoninska 548/1, 60190 Brno, Czechia
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€240 000
Airbus Deutschland Gmbh
Kreetslag 10, 950109 HAMBURG, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€90 431
Pall Manufacturing Uk Limited
Havant Street Europa House, Portsmouth, PO1 3PD, United Kingdom
EU Contribution
€40 590
Premium Aircraft Interiors Ltd.
Watchmoor Road, Camberley, GU15 3EX, United Kingdom
EU Contribution
€69 000
Icon Technology & Process Consulting Limited
Harben Parade Finchley Road Harben House, London, NW3 6LH, United Kingdom
EU Contribution
€286 500
W.e.t. Special Products Gmbh
Rudolf Diesel Strasse 12, 85235 Odelzhausen, Germany
EU Contribution
€55 760


Technology Theme
Cabin and cockpit design
Futuristic passenger-centred cabin design
Development phase

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