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image Onward and upward RTD info Special FP6
  Safety, profitability and sustainability are the three leitmotifs of aeronautics research. Europe possesses real potential in this promising field, as it does in space research.
 
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  image The new battle for the railways RTD info 34
    The railways are the only read means of taking traffic off the roads, thereby making a major contribution to environmental protection. Feature
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  image High-speed Europe RTD info 34
    The high-speed train has certainly changed the image of rail transport and brought Europe's major centres closer together. Feature
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  image The research compartment RTD info 34
    Apart from changes to the regulations and infrastructures, revitalising the railways requires a major research effort. Feature
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  image Taking the Green Line RTD info 34
    Environment-friendly rail is determined to pursue its efforts - in particular by reducing noise pollution. Feature
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  image The safety factor RTD info 34
    Despite the dramatic nature of rail disasters, it has always been safer by train. Feature
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Inventing the car of the future 16/01/2002

The motor car is without a doubt one of the most popular 'machines' of our age, a symbol of freedom, pleasure and social success. But in reality the automobile dream is more like a nightmare when one considers the damage it causes: pollution, urban congestion, noise and stress, slaughter on the roads.

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Stress-free motoring 16/01/2002

With more than 40 000 deaths, 1.7 million injured, and a social cost estimated at 160 billion euro every year, the roads exact a heavy toll in Europe. Nevertheless, despite a major increase in the volume of traffic, the roads are four times safer today than in 1970. Following further safety innovations, the number of victims could be halved by 2010.

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Meeting the emission challenge 16/01/2002

Vehicles are becoming cleaner, but also more numerous. The result is that their emissions are still seriously compromising attempts to meet the Kyoto Protocol objectives. To correct the situation, manufacturers are working at three levels: on engines, fuel and emissions.

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Air and water 16/01/2002

By 2010, 7% of road transport fuel should be clean. By 2020, this should be 20%. Apart from the 'traditional' solutions - electricity, natural gas, biofuels, etc. - hydrogen fuel cells offer the 'purest' alternative, but it is perhaps not the easiest to manage.

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Galileo, the guardian angel of mobility 11/07/2001 

Just like mobile telephony, Europe's Galileo satellite navigation programme will revolutionise many sectors of the economy - starting with transport. Initiated by the Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA), by 2008 this project is set to be the industrial and technological flagship of the joint space strategy.
 

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Aviation and the environment 30-12-00 

Aviation has two Achilles heels: noise and air pollution. Despite the enormous progress in reducing these major nuisances, the prospect of sustained growth in global air transport presents aeronautics research with a major environmental challenge.
 

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Europe under a single sky 30-12-00 

Whereas Europe's market may now be 'single', its sky still has a long way to go. The prospect of growing congestion on air routes and at airports - with the underlying threat to safety - is making it essential to develop the technology and regulations to provide an efficient and reliable system, offering increased capacity and incorporating all aspects of air traffic management. This is a top priority at the heart of Europe's aeronautics research.
 

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Preparing for the Global Challenges of 2020 30-12-00 

Hamburg - one of the major centres of the Airbus industrial complex - will be hosting Aeronautics Days 2001, from 29 to 31 January. This red-letter event will be the occasion to present the main lines of a new ambitious strategy within the European Research Area and to chart the future of European aeronautics. The objective over the next two decades is to equip the European Union with a global air transport system able to meet the challenges of the projected growth in the world market while strengthening the remarkable position currently enjoyed by European aeronautics. We summarise the issues at stake in this priority European field.
 

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The subtle equations of urban mobility 13-10-00 

The sustainable development of urban transport is dependent on many variables, in terms of infrastructure, pricing policies and the allotment of land. That is why integrated planning tools are now being tested at a number of sites in northern and southern Europe, with a view to optimal mobility in the city of tomorrow.
 

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2001, a new European space odyssey 13-03-00 

Telecommunications, television, transport, management of natural resources and the environment, security... Today, a growing number of activities are based on space technologies as the whole sector undergoes a radical restructuring and becomes increasingly market oriented. The time has therefore come to implement a "European space strategy" based on increased synergy between institutions, agencies, research centres, industry and users.
 

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Galileo: the challenge of autonomy 13-03-00 

The European Union's Galileo project for a global navigation satellite system is crucial to European independence and competitiveness.
 

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Reducing traffic jams, pollution and accidents 13-03-00 

These three objectives are central to the European Union's policy on road transport and thus the focus of its support for scientific and technological cooperation in this field.
 

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Aluminium strong rival to steel 15-12-99 

Investigación of the use of lightweight aluminium alloys to replace steel in automotive body panels.
 

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Designing safety and comfort into seats 15-12-99 

Advanced design and testing methods to produce safer, more comfortable automotive seats.
 

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Fast-track from design to model 15-12-99 

Computer controlled stero-lithography techniques, allowing rapid production of automotive prototype parts.
 

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