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|Joint Undertaking overview|
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The Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking is a public-private partnership, established in 2007, responsible for the coordination and concentration of all European Union (EU) research and development activities in Air Traffic Management (ATM) as part of the SESAR programme. Initiated in 2004, the SESAR programme is the technological arm of the EU's Single European Sky initiative to integrate EU Member States' ATM systems. Founded by the EU and the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol), today the SESAR JU includes 19 members, representing over 100 organisations.
SESAR aims at developing the new generation air traffic management system capable of ensuring the safety and fluidity of air transport worldwide over the next 30 years.
Taking into account the number of actors involved and the financial resources and technical expertise needed, a legal entity, the SESAR Joint Undertaking, was created under Community law  on 27 February 2007 to manage the funds assigned to the SESAR project during its Development Phase.
The total estimated cost of the development phase of SESAR is EUR 2.1 billion, to be shared equally between the European Community, Eurocontrol and the industry ((EUR350 million European Commission, EUR350 Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency), EUR700 million Eurocontrol, EUR700 million industry).
The SESAR Joint Undertaking was created under European Community law on 27 February 2007 with Eurocontrol and the European Commission as founding members. In addition to the two founding members, 15 organisations have signed a membership agreement with the SESAR JU. The programme can such profit from the expertise of airport operators, air navigation service providers (ANSPs), ground and aerospace manufacturing industry, aircraft manufacturers, and airborne equipment manufacturers:
With the endorsement of 13 associate partners in July 2010, the SESAR Joint Undertaking included additional companies with very different profiles and expertise from around the world in the SESAR work programme. Those are:
The SESAR programme will be executed by the 16 members and represents about 300 projects grouped into Work Packages:
In early 2011, SESAR issued SESAR Release 2011, a document presenting to the aviation community new or improved air traffic management solutions at a preindustrialisation stage ready for deployment. Concretely, 29 validation exercises conducted by the SESAR members all over Europe will be completed by end 2011. Those exercises will cover the areas of efficient and green terminal airspace operations, the initial 4D trajectory, end to end traffic synchronisation, as well as integrated and collaborative network management.