The Future in Aviation: Iris, a reality for Air Traffic Management

On Wednesday 2 October 2019, the European Space Agency and SESAR Deployment Manager are organising an event to update all ATM stakeholders on Iris, a new satellite-based air–ground communication system for Air Traffic Management.

The day will bring you a diversity of keynotes from all involved partners and three round table sessions, where various aspects of the solution Iris and its deployment will be discussed in interactive sessions. 

There will also be a networking dinner the evening before, on Tuesday 1 October. The event is hosted by skeyes, the autonomous public company in charge of air traffic in the civil airspace in Belgium. 




Agenda Workshop 2/10 (all speakers to be announced soon)

09:00 – 09:30 – Registration

09:30 – 11:45 – Key notes and Iris presentations

  • Opening – Magali Vaissiere – Director of telecommunications and integrated applications – European Space Agency
  • Legislation – Christine Berg – Head of Single European Sky Unit – DG MOVE – European Commission
  • Deployment – Nicolas Warinsko – General Manager – SESAR Deployment Manager
  • Validation and evolution – (name TBC) – SESAR Joint Undertaking
  • Network solutions – Iacopo Prissinotti – Director – Network Manager
  • Iris programme – European Space Agency
  • Iris solution – Inmarsat
  • Service provision – Thierry Racaud – ESSP

11:45 – 12:30 – Q&A

12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch & networking

14:00 – 14:45 – Round table discussion: Iris, solution implementation-ready for ATM

Moderator: SESAR Deployment Manager


  • Inmarsat – Dale Irish
  • Airbus – Bernard Mouton
  • Boeing
  • SESAR Joint Undertaking
  • EUROCAE – Luc Deneufchatel
  • Cobham – Willem Kasselman
  • Honeywell – Zaruba Radek 

15:00 – 15:45 – Round table discussion: Iris service provision

Moderator: SESAR Deployment Manager


  • Inmarsat – Sylvie Sureda-Perez
  • ESSP – Thierry Racaud
  • Network Manager – Jacky Pouzet
  • NATS – Ricardo De Sousa

16:00 – 16:45 – Round table discussion: Iris deployment

Moderator: SESAR Joint Undertaking


  • SESAR Deployment Manager – Davide Corinaldesi
  • Network Manager – Nikos Fistas
  • SITA
  • Easyjet

16:45 – 17:00 – Conclusions – European Space Agency & SESAR Deployment Manager

About Iris

Iris aims to make aviation safer, greener and more efficient by developing a new satellite-based air–ground communication system for Air Traffic Management (ATM), in partnership with Inmarsat. Read more

About SESAR Deployment Manager

The SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) is the official title of the organisation that oversees and coordinates the upgrading of Europe’s air traffic management infrastructure. The main task of the SESAR Deployment Manager is to develop, propose and maintain the Deployment Programme of SESAR concepts and technologies and ensure efficient synchronisation and overall coordination of implementation projects, as well as the related investments in line with the Deployment Programme. The tasks of the Deployment Manager are specified in Article 9 of Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 409/2013.

* Iris is a solution for sattelite-based air-ground communication for ATM; Iris represents a solid option as complementary technology, both in terms of performance and fast operational availability.  SESAR Deployment Manager remains objective and only co-organises this event focussed on Iris as being one of the possible options and within the scope of its mandate on Data Link Services and AF6.

Both ESA and SDM have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) in June 2018, marking the start of their collaboration.This event is a perfect example of a joint initiative. Read more


Published 16 September 2019
Last updated at 03 October 2019 - 10:43