Technology Projects

Since many years we are a well-proven partner in a various number of national and international research and development projects. In co-operation with well-known aerospace companies we work on future technologies, e.g. in the German National Aerospace Research Program as well as in European Programs such as H2020.

Project Samples

UAS Avionics

We can help you to integrate your drone into the ATM world!

f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS intends to develop a new product family in order to equip the broad range of future UAS (unmanned air systems – drones) with communication technologies for integration into the air traffic management (ATM) world.

Estimates about the number of small and medium-sized UAS (unmanned air systems – drones) in the years to come let expect a very interesting future market, since a high demand for co-operative systems as commercially available solutions will increase world-wide. Actual concepts to integrate UAS into the ATM world are based on the classical participants in the air traffic management scenario and will come to their limits. Besides regulatory adaptations technical solutions will be required to enable a safe integration of these vehicles.

In the frame of the MASTER-UAS and MASTER360 programs, co-funded within the German Aerospace Research Program, we, therefore, develop avionics solutions with the aim to integrate unmanned systems into the current ATM world. Our approach is aimed to make use of existing and proven aerospace procedures  (Mode S transponder technology) and to extend these with modern technologies (mobile networks). For this reason, already in 2020 a prototyp of a Multi-Mode-Transceiver was developed and tested onboard an unmanned air system.

Multi-Rotor with Mode S Transponder in use at FRAPORT
GLASS System Overview

GLASS

In the frame of the GLASS project (GLS approaches based on SBAS), co-funded within the German Aerospace Research Program (LuFo), a cost efficient ground system shall be developed for aerospace.  The GLASS system is intended to combines an SBAS-capable GNSS receiver with a database and a GLS-compatible data link. The correction and integrity data received from the SBAS satellite are automatically translated into GLS-compatible structures and sent to the multi-mode receiver using the FAS data block.

This receiver can now send deviations directly to the autopilot making automated landings possible. The device can be installed on the ground as well as in the aircraft. An extended version generates ad-hoc FAS data blocks via a user interface by inputting basic data such as approach trajectory and glide angle, enabling faster set-up and commissioning. This would make mobile use possible for setting up a landing system. A cost-effective system could thus be developed with which smaller airfields would also be in a position to offer landing systems for automated landings.

In the frame of GLASS f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS will develop a functional prototype of a fixed-based as well as mobile ground station to transmit local satellite correction data and will agree on a certification plan with the respective authorities for approval of a potential subsequent product.

This project is further aimed to realise a technology transfer of the system concept and respective software modules already developed at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) to f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS.

INTAIRNET

The future air traffic management will be based on a significantly improved networking of all participants.

Starting from 2025 the introduction of modern, digital communication systems shall build the basis for an integrated air traffic management. In particular promising chances are estimated for communication procedures based on the LDACS standard (L-Band Digital Aeronautical Communication System), which stands open for communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) tasks.

In the frame of INTAIRNET, co-funded as part of the German Aerospace Research Program (LuFo), f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS works on the definition and technology development of digital communication devices  targeted for the General Aviation market. In this context new services and applications are as well reviewed, which are made possible by use of the LDACS Technology. A potential start of new product developments is estimated for 2023 onwords.

LDACS System Overview
Wireless Data Concentor

CABINLINK

f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS has been co-operating with Airbus and other partners on the development of components for wireless sensor/actuator networks for application in commercial aircraft, mainly in the aircraft cabin.

Wireless networks and technologies have become an indispensable part or our everyday life. Building automation is making use of wireless platforms to connect sensors and actuators with control and monitoring systems. Such wireless sensor networks promise a number of advantages for applications inside commercial aircraft, mainly flexibility, cost reduction in aircraft manufacturing, as well as a contribution to weight reduction. The safety and reliability requirements are very high, demanding technologies and solutions which are adapated to the application onboard aircraft. One key element is the use of a dedicated, aviation-exclusive radio frequency band which precludes interference with commercial wireless systems such as WLAN or Bluetooth.

f.u.n.k.e. AVIONICS has developed practical solutions for a wireless sensor network. They comprise of miniaturized sensor/actuator nodes and a “Wireless Data Concentrator” which links one subnet with the existing cabin backbone network.

The R&D work was concluded in late 2017 in the framework of the German national aerospace research program and now builds the baseline for commercial applications in the aircraft cabin.