Profile and Expertise

The EADS Group is one of the major companies that designs, engineers, produces and assembles aeronautics, space, and defense complex systems and products. The most renowned technologies are branded by Airbus (A380, A350XWB and aircrafts with 100+ seats capacity), Airbus Military (A400M, air-tankers, etc.), Astrium (Ariane launchers, missiles, satellites and ground systems to operate space systems), Defence & Security (Tetra communication systems for police and security forces, military communication systems, and missile technologies from MBDA, Eurofighter, and UAVs’ like Baracuda and currently developed Talarion from Military Air Systems), and Eurocopter (the leading provider of civil military helicopters).

EADS Innovation Works groups the research and very skilled capacities at corporate level to serve the EADS Group needs at worldwide level. Organized according to seven strategic technical domains for the EADS technologies, EADS Innovation Works results from the grouping at the Group creation in 2000 of the key R&T competences from the EADS Business Units laboratories. Ten years later, EADS Innovation Works handles the transversal R&T with many tasks requiring high expertise. Thus, EADS Innovation Works is involved in key European projects, but also Asian ones (in Singapore and India particularly).

Because of the critical nature of most of its products, EADS has a strong background in safety as well as security. Moreover, EADS plays a key role in standardization activities (ISO, EUROCAE, CCSDS, IEEE, etc.) in the field of safety and security, which requires not only leading but also sharing technological elements where cooperation is required. The convergence of security and safety (particularly to consider the security for safety) is deepening for several years as EADS’ products are more and more dependant to active systems that are software-preponderant. Additionally, several electronic embedded sub-systems in the safety-critical domain require more and more integration with other subsystems, which opens new vulnerabilities from a security perspective. Think of the passenger domain in an aircraft, which has been nearly completely independent of the avionics domain until recent years with security design elements such as “air gaps” to protect the critical system from independent access. Nowadays, the tight integration of subsystems is not able anymore due to interaction needs and new system functions in newer aircraft.

EADS has a strong background in dependability such as for industrial systems and particularly embedded systems which are, for most of them, highly critical (e.g. avionics, launchers and space ships calculators, satellites command and control, etc.).

Example of this R&T roadmap dynamic is the SEISES project (Secured and Safe IT Embedded Systems) that has been running since 2008. This collaborative French national project (10 partners, French funding) aims the convergence of safety and security in engineering practices to achieve secured critical systems for the aeronautics and the space products. Several other projects or studies have been realized since ten years with the ESA, the EADS BUs’ (Airbus, Astrium, Military Air Systems, etc.) to improve the systems safety and security properties of the EADS products (A380, A350, A400M, Satellites, UAvs’, communication links, etc.). Similarly, on the safety-side, research in safety is ongoing in many international projects such as ACROSS and RECOMP with security being addressed in newer German national project proposals such as SecuCert and SeSaM.

Main tasks

EADS IW Ge will lead WP1 “Requirements and specifications and will contribute to this WP1 with their background and knowledge in IMA (Integrated Modular Avionics) systems. The contribution is proposed on the definition of the specifics a system has to comply with in terms of safety and security. Particularly, the layering of sets of criteria will be explored according to the specifics of the consortium use cases (aerospace, automotive, energy, medical, metropolitan rail) in order to be aligned or at least compatible with the constraints of the considered sectors. The layered sets of criteria should then be related to model driven practices in order to ease the definition, design, implementation and verification.

EADS IW Ge will deepen more particularly the systems safety and security properties that are related to the aerospace use case, in terms of specification for definition but also for assessment means and associated methods and tools. On this last point, EADS will lead specifically the vulnerability assessment topics to enlighten the concerns related to remaining vulnerabilities as particular security properties.

In WP2 and WP3, EADS Germany will also investigate the security and safety of future embedded systems to be used in airplanes, but focus more on sub-elements used in Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA)(such as embedded multi-core computers and networks targeting IMA) and, thus, help develop methodologies to address the issues of combined safety and security assessment based on SC-216/WG-72, DO-178C (WG-71/SC-205), DO-254, and existing safety guidelines like ARP4754 and ARP 4761 by looking at existing IMA building blocks and their ability to support safety and security. In WP5, EADS Germany will contribute a use case by looking at some safety and security-relevant aspects of IMA. For this, EADS Germany will try to use some tools of partners or existing provider to evaluate safety, security, and integrated safety-security tradeoffs in the different WPs.

The purpose for EADS within WP5 is to model and to implement IMA sub-problem relevant use cases using the methodology integrating safety and security moreover the WP4 developed tools.

WP6 will be used by EADS Innovation Works to spread the knowledge and the results attained in the project within EADS by participating and discussing the project results with EADS business units like Airbus, Eurocopter, Astrium, and Defense and Security and improving the safety and security of future products. Furthermore, EADS will participate in scientific events like academic conferences to spread and discuss preliminary results and conclusions of SESAMO.

Relevant Experience

Please refer to the details mentioned in the professional resumes of the EADS personnel.