On April, 4th 2018, GRICAS consortium gathered one last time for the final review of the project. The meeting was held in GSA facilities in Prague, Check Republic.
The final review was the occasion to report the success of the in-flight tests performed late 2017 and early 2018 in Spain, France and Senegal and to formulate test case exploitation recommendations to European institutions with regard to aeronautical regulation and SAR operations.
An overview of the main results and outputs and impacts of the projects on GNSS community (and in particular Galileo users), SAR community and aeronautical community was presented along with the detail of the dissemination activities performed towards these communities to present and promote the use of the Galileo MEOSAR system for to answer to the ICAO recommendations for an Autonomous Distress Tracking system.
Although GRICAS comes to an end after 26 months of operational concept definition, solution design, solution development and demonstrations, the outputs of the project will continue to impact the European industry and infrastructures and in particular GRICAS outputs will be major inputs to the GRIMASSE project funded by the GSA under the Horizon 2020 program (Grant Agreement N°776379), for more details about GRIMASSE follow this link. In addition, GRICAS will be present at the IMO/ICAO Joint Working Group on SAR meeting in Seattle in September 2018 to present in details the results of the flight tests and the recommendations of the project regarding the Cospas-Sarsat MEOSAR-based Autonomous Distress Tracking System. Finally, GRICAS outputs will be valuable inputs for the EUROCAE Working Group 98 Sub-Group 1 that works on the definition of a MASPS for the Aircraft ELT Return-Link Service.