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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE
03.18.09
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NASA and JPDO Discuss Advanced Air Vehicles for NextGen: On March, 11th, NASA briefed the multi-agency Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) on the development of concepts by NASA and its NRA Teams to integrate advanced airspace vehicles into the Next Generation Air Transportation System. The NRA teams consist of Raytheon and Sensis. In attendance were the JPDO Deputy Director, the Government and Industry JPDO Work Group Co-Chairs and JPDO executives responsible for the planning and implementation of NextGen. NASA and its NRA teams presented a wide range of results that included NextGen procedures, technology and new vehicle design analyses including the effects on system performance, environmental effects and technology requirements and gaps to implement NextGen. These new vehicles include supersonic business jets, super heavy transports (both conventional and blended wing-body), very light jets and un-crewed aerial systems that are planned to be in service beginning in 2025. The JPDO executive group expressed gratitude for NASA's willingness to share the interim results and were impressed with both the scope and magnitude of the effort. They also expressed interest in more detailed information than could be presented in the three-hours allotted for that meeting. They requested participation in the currently planned 2nd User and Stakeholder Workshop scheduled for May 2009 which will include more detailed results over a 2 ½ day period.

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Research Transition Team Plans Next Steps for Tailoring Airspace Partitioning Research to Meet FAA Needs: The Dynamic Airspace Configuration Research Transition Team met March 9-11 to discuss FAA needs and NASA progress in sector combining and generic airspace research. NASA's sector combining algorithm was determined to have high potential for use in the FAA's mid-term (~2018) high altitude generic airspace concept. In this concept, large regions of airspace with high controller interchangeability would benefit from the algorithm's suggestions for dynamic sector combinations and new areas of specialization on which to train generic airspace controllers. Other research questions of interest pertaining to generic airspace design were discussed. FAA expressed the highest interest in human factors studies that can be extrapolated to concept benefit analyses. The products of this meeting will be a prioritization of research questions for NASA to pursue.

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