Protected: Research & Innovation


We have a strong track record of research and development (R&D) and taking ideas from concept to implementation. From early uses of satellite-based aircraft tracking to the introduction of iFACTS, an innovative set of tools to help controllers safely manage growing volumes of traffic, we are committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions that deliver benefits to our customers.

We are a proud member of SESAR (the Single European Sky ATM Research programme) and are committed to working with partners to improve the service we offer our customers and help deliver the vision of a Single European Sky.

Explore this section to find out about the R&D projects underpinning tomorrow's air traffic control.

Research areas

We're involved in seven key areas of research. A number of projects in these areas are being conducted in support of SESAR. Explore the infographic below to find out more about each of these key areas of our our R&D program.


This section provides brief overviews of key R&D projects at NATS. For each project we explain its purpose, approach, benefits and current state of maturity.


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