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Project work plan overall structure and interdependencies


Project Title: Flying ultrA-broadband single-shot InfraRed Sensor

Project Acronym: FLAIR

Starting Date: 1st November 2016

Project Duration: 45 months

Call Identifier: H2020-ICT-2016-1

Grant Agreement No 732968

Project Budget: € 4,277,813

EU Funding: € 3,072,020

Project Coordinator: The Radboud University (Netherlands) Dr. Frans J. M. Harren


Project Participants

Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)



EMPA - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Switzerland)

CSEM - Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (Switzerland)

Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)


The FLAIR project has been planned to span 45 months. The scheduled work for FLAIR is split into 7 work packages (WPs) that will cover different aspects and/or stages of the projects: requirements (WP2), research and development (WP3, WP4), adaptation and integration (WP5) and validation and demonstration (WP6). Administrative and technical management, as well as outreach and exploitation activities complete the WP distribution. It is also assured that the workload is properly balanced between partners. Below is a short description of each WP:

  • WP1: Project Management – This WP has the responsibility to coordinate partner efforts and manage the entire project at financial, administrative, contractual and technical level;

  • WP2: Requirements and system design – Defines the baseline framework for the project deriving the necessary requirements and the resulting system design;

  • WP3: Laboratory Spectroscopy – For the species of interest, spectroscopic data and relevant parameters will be determined from proper measurements in laboratory conditions. This will be performed from the beginning of the project. The outcomes will be used as reference for WP6;

  • WP4: Sensor subsystem development – Covers research and development of all the subsystems (supercontinuum laser source, multipass cell, pumping system, 2D spectrometer and imaging optics, PbSe camera and control electronics) and their integration into a prototype sensor. It also includes the  development of a data processing algorithm for data formatting and species recognition;

  • WP5: Airborne platform platform adaptation and sensor integration – This WP will adapt an existing UAV platform (AR5 Net Ray) to host the developed sensor and integrate the sensor into the aircraft resulting in the final FLAIR prototype;

  • WP6: Validation & Demonstration – In this WP, the necessary flight test will be performed in order to validate the functioning of the system and will prepare and execute a final demonstration with subsequent assessment and evaluation ;

  • WP7: Exploitation & outreach – This WP handles the communication of the project activities during its execution, defines the dissemination and exploitation strategy of the project results covering all WP outputs.

Figure below shows how the work packages and tasks are inter-related. Project management, exploitation and outreach activities are horizontal to the project execution. They provide general support advice and tools to ensure a proper execution and exploitation of the results. The core sensor development activities (WP3 and WP4) are executed in parallel overlapping in the final stages with WP5. Finally the outputs of WP2 and WP5 will be used for the demonstration preparation and FLAIR prototype validation.

1.1 Financial, Administrative & Contractual

1.2 Technical management

2.1 Sensor requirements

2.2 Airborne platform requirements

2.3 Architecture design

2.4 Test plan and validation methods

3.1 Spectroscopy data and preliminary experiments in the gas analysis of the relevant species

3.2 Identify optimal wavelength working windows 

3.3 Develop test gas cell for species of interest 

3.4 Spectroscopic data processing for real time monitoring 

4.4 2D spectrometer and imaging optics

4.3 Gas handling system

4.2 Multipass cell

4.1 Supercontinuum laser source 

5.1 Airborne platform 

adaptation and instrumentation

5.2 Sensor fitting to an airborne platform and preliminary tests

6.1 Validation of the integrated system and flight tests

6.2 Demonstration

6.3 Evaluation & recommendations

7.1 Communication and outreach

7.2 Dissemination and exploitation

4.5 PbSE camera

5.1 Airborne

adaptation and instrumentation

4.7 Control electronics

4.8 Sensor integration and preliminary tests


WP1 – Project management

Start day: Month 1

Duration: 36 months


  • Ensure that the project is given a management level suitable to European Commission standards.

  • Initiate the project phases (including contract signature) and complete all the necessary administrative tasks required by the Commission (collect cost statements or financial audits from all parties and submit them to the Commission).

  • Prepare and maintain the project planning and monitor partner resources and progress, to avoid delays and overspending.

  • Give project Partners enough awareness, support, feedback, knowledge and capabilities to ensure the success of the project.

  • Coordinate the Consortium to assure coherent actions.

  • Provide an effective linkage between the project and the European Commission and all relevant stakeholders.

WP2 – Requirements and System Design

Start day: Month 1

Duration: 6 months


  • Technical, qualitative and quantitative system requirements

  • Architectural design of the system

  • System tests plan and validation methods


WP3 – Laboratory Spectroscopy

Start day: Month 4

Duration: 17 months


  • Review of state-of-the-art of laboratory trace gas analyses, based on the list of relevant molecular species defined at the proposal stage and consolidated in WP2, as a function of pressure and multipass cell interaction length.

  • Review of the available absorption cross-section data for the relevant molecules and of their dependence on total pressure for both clean air and used modified atmospheres with percentage levels of H2O and CO2. In case of missing spectroscopic data for new target species, laboratory measurements for the needed spectroscopic parameters will be performed.

  • Definition of the relevant system input parameters for the experimental setup

  • Set a reference data base for WP6 (Tests and Validation)

  • Measurements of gaseous mixtures with known amounts (purchased and validated calibration mixtures)


WP4 – Sensor subsystems development and integration

Start day: Month 5

Duration: 19 months


  • Design, assembly and functional tests of the 7 subsystem elements (each with a specific task below)

  • System integration

  • Preliminary tests


WP5 – UAV Platform Adaptation and Sensor Integration

Start day: Month 17

Duration: 12 months


  • Adapt  an  existing airborne platform in  terms  of  hardware  and  software  to  integrate the

  • developed sensor onto its payload;

  • Integrate the sensor into the airborne covering one of the two atmospheric windows, i.e. 2-5 µm or 8-12 µm into the system resulting in a functional prototype (using the PbSe or the microbolometer detector).

  • Perform preliminary tests to ensure adequate flight qualities and sensor performance of the prototype.


WP6 – Validation & Demonstration

Start day: Month 23

Duration: 13 months


  • Flight test the FLAIR system

  • Validate system functionality in intended environment

  • Demonstrate system functionality

  • Evaluate the results and propose recommendation for follow-up activities


WP7 – Exploitation and Outreach

Start day: Month 1

Duration: 36 months


  • Define and implement an appropriate communication and outreach strategy for FLAIR.

  • Continuously probe the market for effective innovation management.

  • Interact with regulatory bodies in order to receive inputs relative to the EU’s existing system standards.

  • Define a dissemination and exploitation strategy for the project outcome and results.

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