Key technologies

The GABRIEL project intends to develop a revolutionary new method to assist the aircraft take-off and landing with the use of magnetic levitation technology. In addition, it aims to validate key elements of the concepts through experimental tests.

Magnetic levitation is studied by many scientists, institutions and it has been already used in different applications, such as rail transportation. As a result of these developments, some high speed trains can reach speeds up to about 550 - 600 km/h.

The idea behind GABRIEL is to adapt the magnetic levitation technology (developed for rail transportation) to air transportation, and more particularly to the ground-based application for take-offs and landings.

There are several scientific problems to be defined, investigated and solved:

The GABRIEL concept is a new application of the magnetic levitation technology. The project faces scientific problems as well as engineering and technology issues. Most of these engineering and technology development problems can be solved in future at a detailed level. However, it is important to carry out a study at the conceptual / preliminary level to define the overall system.

During the proposal development, the following technological objectives were identified:

These objectives must be met considering the following constraints: