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REVOLUTIONARY DEVELOPMENT - THE INTERNATIONAL CLEAN-SKY PROGRAM

06/10/2017

Scandinavian Avionics
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REVOLUTIONARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IMPROVING AIR-CARGO CONTAINERS THE INTERNATIONAL CLEAN-SKY PROGRAM IS BEING PERFORMED BY THREE COMPANIES AND THREE UNIVERSITIES FROM GREECE, UK AND SPAIN. 

The program is designed to develop, manufacture and validate a new intelligent lightweight aircraft cargo 
container (ULD) with integrated functions for restrain, transportation, fire/smoke suppression, with sensing 
and wireless monitoring capabilities. To keep up with the technological advances of aircraft structures and 
systems the purpose of the new air-cargo containers are:
  • Reduce ULD and aircraft weight 
  • Enhance container fire/smoke detection and suppression 
  • Eliminate permanent moving and locking hardware 
  • Enhance flight safety 
  • Loading/unloading logistics and maintenance 
The future name for the new intelligent air-cargo containers INTELLICONT, comes from “Development and 
Manufacturing of Intelligent Lightweight Composite Aircraft Container”. 

The container will be a self-moving platform allowing the motion of the ULD inside and outside the aircraft. 
Built with low-cost and low-energy sensors in the container to track status (ID, location, locking state) and 
detect critical events, fire/smoke, impacts and accidental misuse. The status of each container will be 
available to the pilots though a wireless communication network, such that problems would be detected and 
proper measures would be taken.

The ambition of the project is to provide a major break-through in the state of the art of current ULD technolo-
gy and aircraft cargo operations. Substantial impact is anticipated on the CleanSky program, the reduction of 
aircraft payload and weight, safety, maintenance and lean aircraft operation processes.

INTELLICONT will be a game changer for the air-cargo industry with substantial broader impact on air-cargo 
handling operations. 

The CleanSky program is set to run for 3 years.