In the Air and Space sector, CEN is developing European Standards in three different areas:
Standards and technical specifications related to parts and materials for the needs of space or for the common needs of space and aeronautics are being developed by the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe - Standardization (ASD-STAN).
ASD-STAN is responsible for the technical aspects of standards defining products, materials, test methods and procedures for the construction, maintenance and use of aircraft and space vehicles including their propulsion units, equipment and electric equipment. It develops specifications for aerospace applications, mainly in the field of engineering materials and components and submits to CEN for adoption as European Standards.
Air Traffic Management (ATM)
In the area of Air Traffic Management (ATM), CEN, CENELEC and ETSI have been asked by the European Commission to develop European Standards that satisfy the essential requirements and/or implementing rules of the interoperability Regulation for systems, together with the relevant procedures, or constituents for agreed priority Community Specifications, for the interoperability of the European Air Traffic Management Network (EATMN) in the context of the Single European Sky (SES).
The European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (Eurocae) and CEN have signed a protocol to ensure and maintain technical cooperation and mutual exchange of information in the field of Air Traffic Management (ATM).
Through Mandate M/496 (Mandate addressed to CEN, CENELEC and ETSI to develop standardization regarding space industry - Phase 3 of the process), CEN and CENELEC and ETSI have been requested by the European Commission to develop European Standards for the space industry. To respond to the mandate, the Technical Committee CEN/CLC/TC 5 "Space" was created in 2011 and close cooperation with the European Cooperation for Space Standardization (ECSS) has been established.
CEN, CENELEC and ECSS are in the process of finalizing a MoU.
It is foreseen that a large number of ECSS standards will follow CEN-CENELEC procedures leading to their conversion into ENs.