The MIDCAS project is laying the groundwork for future developments in the field of RPAS air traffic integration. The project has gathered European industries within the field of D&A with the purpose to achieve jointly agreed results with European and global standardisation stakeholders.The MIDCAS project was launched in 2009 by five contributing Member States (France, Germany, Italy and Spain under the lead of Sweden) under the framework of the European Defence Agency, with a total budget of €50 million.
MIDCAS has been carried out by an industrial consortium composed of 11 partners: Saab (project leader) from Sweden, Sagem and Thales from France, Airbus D&S, Diehl BGT Defence, DLR and ESG from Germany, Alenia Aermacchi, Selex ES, CIRA from Italy and Indra from Spain. Throughout the project, external stakeholders such as EASA, EUROCONTROL, EUROCAE or JARUS, were involved in the process.
The MIDCAS project is designed with focus on 3 main tracks with high level of interaction and interdependency:
The aim of the MIDCAS program is to contribute to the RPAS integration in civilian airspace by proposing a baseline of solutions for the "Unmanned Aircraft System Mid-air Collision Avoidance Function" acceptable by the manned aviation.
The main MIDCAS functions are: