ZAL – Centre of Applied Aeronautical Research GmbH, is coordinating a federally-funded aircraft communication systems project.

The challenge of autonomous flight
Will autonomous flying cars soon become reality? Autonomous driving and flying will mean significant changes to urban mobility in the future. Until that time, there are still a few challenges to overcome. As long as the on-board electronics of today's aircraft are made up of different systems that use very different data networks for communication, a structure exists that slows down new developments and prevents the design of a uniform software. Today's data communication systems are not yet meeting the demands of the future in terms of transmission capacity, real-time capability and interoperability. This is exactly where the DELIA project comes in.

In order to bring future mobility concepts to fruition, data transfer systems need to be developed that enable higher data rates of up to 25 Gbps (gigabits per second), have low response times, and set open industry standards. This is precisely the goal of the research project DELIA - the development of a modularly distributed, real-time capable data communication and processor platform. All data transport and application-oriented functions with different transmission criticalities, as well as connections to other control devices, sensors and actuators are integrated in the modules. Under the coordination of ZAL – Centre of Applied Aeronautical Research GmbH, AED Engineering GmbH, Solectrix GmbH, AIRBUS Operations GmbH, and the Universities of Stuttgart and Hamburg are working together on the DELIA platform.

The KMU-Innovation Initiative
DELIA is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the "KMU-Innovation" initiative, a "fast track" for small and medium-sized enterprises.