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Runway-Star SIGNED

A Novel Solution for Aircraft Washing and De-Icing

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Project "Runway-Star" data sheet

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Organization address
address: VOLDSVEIEN 204
city: SKIEN
postcode: 3739
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 Coordinator Country Norway [NO]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙551˙315 €
 EC max contribution 2˙485˙920 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.4. (SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Smart, Green And Integrated Transport)
2. H2020-EU.2.1.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT))
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-2-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-03-01   to  2019-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    MSG PRODUCTION AS NO (SKIEN) coordinator 2˙485˙920.00


 Project objective

Runway Star RS-500 is a fully automated dual-use aircraft de-icing and washing facility designed to address two significant industry problems. First, de-icing of aircraft is a safety-critical yet costly process. It relies on skilled operators manually applying up to 5000 litres of de-icer, which is both wasteful and environmentally damaging.. RS-500 will reduce de-icing fluid use, eliminate wind-borne losses and improve airport efficiency by reducing washing and de-icing cycle times. It lowers costs, recovers up to 95% of excess fluid and provides full audit trails.

The second industry problem relates to the current inability of airline operators to cost-effectively clean aircraft. Currently, washing coincides with infrequent aircraft servicing. Dirty aircraft consume1-2% more fuel due to increased aerodynamic drag. RS-500 will integrate efficient, automated washing within its de-icing facility, allowing airlines to increase wash frequency, reducing fuel consumption.

With a payback of less than 18 months, RS-500 is an attractive investment for stakeholders and the system has generated overwhelming interest from airport owners, aircraft operators, and ground handlers. Scale model demonstrations and de-icing trials have been completed with excellent results. The system provides a new approach to washing and de-icing operations and MSG have recently applied for patent coverage in Europe, the US and Canada.

The project has already received significant offers of support, engineering expertise and components for the control system. Customers are waiting - a state airport operator has already indicated their interest in purchasing 4-8 systems, subject to successful demonstration activities. Horizon 2020 financial support is essential to enable MSG Production to demonstrate the system and exploit significant market opportunities.


List of deliverables.
Control and automation systems built and ready for integration with mechanical and fluid systems, including integration with aircraft tug system Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-07-23 15:25:57
Safety features and user interface complete Documents, reports 2019-07-23 15:25:58
Report on all aspects of operational characteristics and demonstration customer feedback Documents, reports 2019-07-23 15:26:00
Storage tanks installed, Drainage, filtration, separation and recycling systems built and available Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-06-06 16:31:59
Mototok installed, ready for integration with control system. Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-06-06 16:31:59
Hangar Assembled and Installed with Support Frames Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-05-30 15:20:08

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