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TRIMIS

Stratospheric Flying Opportunities for High-Speed Propulsion Concepts

STRATOFLY

Stratospheric Flying Opportunities for High-Speed Propulsion Concepts

Link to CORDIS:
Background & policy context: 

The stratosphere is the highest layer in the atmosphere where aircraft can still fly. Nevertheless, it is presently rarely exploited for commercial aviation. As Europe’s Vision for Aviation predicts globally a six-fold increase in passenger by 2050, flight levels above the troposphere become attractive and maybe the only way to realize this.

While the lower stratosphere could still be reachable for classical aircraft, the higher altitudes would demand for higher speeds. Various technologies, systems and novel aircraft concepts related to high-speed transport have progressed rapidly over the last 20 years showing their technical feasibility and readiness up to TRL-3. Technology roadmaps elaborated by industrial and research teams indicated their readiness-level can easily be brought up to TRL-6 by 2035 provided the related application can be shown to be commercially exploitable.

Objectives: 

The first project goal covers the multi-functional integration of propulsion, aerodynamics, airframes and on-board systems across various disciplines to define and detail a high-speed aircraft configuration enabling long-haul travels.

However, Europe should have simultaneously a directive which flight altitudes are environmentally sustainable on the basis of fuel type and emission rates. This parametric mapping of the stratospheric climate impact covers the second goal of the project.

Last but not least, the potential of stratospheric flight relies also on economic viability. Apart from potential routes, aircraft capacity and performance, development and exploitation costs… the third goal will also consider human factors, social acceptance, implementation and noise issues.

The present proposal will, contrary to regular viability studies, perform a bottom-up approach. The validity will follow a sound technical and scientific approach and shall demonstrate environmental and economic compatibility. This enables then a formulation of regulatory, technological and socio-economic barriers.

Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Programme Other: 
MG-1-4-2016-2017 Breakthrough innovation
Lead Organisation: 

Politecnico Di Torino

Address: 
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi
10129 Torino
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€375,000
Partner Organisations: 

Totalforsvarets Forskningsinstitut

Address: 
Gullfossgatan
164 90 Stockholm
Sweden
EU Contribution: 
€270,000

Stichting Centrum Voor De Ontwikkeling Van Transport En Logistiek In Europa

Address: 
Van Nelleweg 1
3044 BC Rotterdam
Netherlands
EU Contribution: 
€325,000

Technische Universitat Hamburg

Address: 
Am Schwarzenberg Campus 1
21073 Hamburg
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€400,000

Office National D' Etudes Et De Recherches Aérospatiales

Address: 
29, avenue de la Division Leclerc
BP72 CHÂTILLON CEDEX
France
EU Contribution: 
€350,000

Deutsches Zentrum Fr Luft Und Raumfahrt E.v

Address: 
Linder Hhe
12489 KLN
Germany
EU Contribution: 
€650,000

Fundacion De La Ingenieria Civil De Galicia

Address: 
Escuela Ingenieros De Caminos/universidad De Coruna/campus De Elvina
15071 La Coruna
Spain
EU Contribution: 
€315,000

Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali Scpa

Address: 
Via Maiorise s/n
81043 CAPUA (CE)
Italy
EU Contribution: 
€515,000

Institut Von Karman De Dynamique Des Fluides

Address: 
Chaussee De Waterloo 72
1640 Rhode Saint Genese
Belgium
EU Contribution: 
€600,000

Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique

Address: 
3 rue Michel-Ange
75794 PARIS
France
EU Contribution: 
€200,000
Technologies: 
Development phase: