SANDRA completes next-gen cockpit-cabin test

The SANDRA (Seamless Aeronautical Networking through integration of Data links, Radios and Antennas) research consortium, which is made up of European aviation technology companies, has completed the first flight test programme of its integrated system for next generation cockpit and cabin communications. SANDRA hopes to design a test bed of future IPc6-based connectivity, integrating cockpit communications with both passenger and non-operational airlines communication into a common system. The flight programme, on DLR’s Advanced Technology Research Aircraft (ATRA), a modified A320, ran for three days earlier this month. In addition, the system has been successfully tested on several flights around Oberpfaffenhofen Airport in Bavaria, Germany, where DLR is based; it also successfully switched between ground stations with no loss of connectivity throughout the flights.

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