A Canadian-German Research Project


Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group. We develop and engineer cutting-edge products in the fields of defence and space. Our products and services enable governments and institutions to protect natural resources, societies, and individual freedom, to guarantee sovereignty and to monitor climate, crops and national borders.

The PASSAGES Project is part of the business unit Integrated Systems located in Ulm / Germany that manages maritime and ground based surveillance and defence projects.

The Airbus D&S engineering team involved in the PASSAGES Project is part of the department of data fusion and surveillance. This department has proven competencies in the following areas:

Our tasks

The Airbus D&S team investigates the characteristics and capabilities of many sensors to identify suitable candidates for monitoring vessel traffic in the Northwest Passages; develops protocols and algorithms for the effective merger of diverse sensor data sets and of contextual data (i.e. ice and weather forecasts); makes a concept for the visualization of targets, their tracks and characteristics; and assumes the role of the project coordinator.

The range of tasks includes the following points: