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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE
11.12.10
Division Highlights

Contents This image shows the Advanced Concepts Flight Simulator in the Crew-Vehicle Systems Research Facility at NASA Ames Research Center.
The Advanced Concepts Flight Simulator (ACFS)

Emergency Landing Planner (ELP) Simulation Completed
NASA Ames SimLabs (Code AFS) and a team in the Automated Planning and Scheduling Group, Intelligent Systems Division (Code TI) completed a series of tests of an Emergency Landing Planner (ELP) for damaged aircraft. This was the second of two simulations at the NASA Ames Crew Vehicle Systems Research Facility (CVSRF) in support of the Integrated Resilient Aircraft Control (IRAC) project. The ELP built upon previous work on damage modeling and adaptive control derived from the first study. When aircraft damage or failure occurs, pilots invoke the ELP through the aircraft's Flight Management Computer. The ELP considers all runways within a 150 mile radius, constructs the best path to each one, and evaluates the risk of each possible path. The risk model takes into account factors including: airport facilities, runway size and conditions, airport ceiling, visibility and surface winds, en route weather, and the flight envelope of the damaged aircraft. The best alternatives are then presented to the pilots in order of increasing risk. Five commercial airline pilot crews tested the ELP in the Advanced Concepts Flight Simulator (ACFS) over a three-week period. The tests evaluated the effect of different geographic locations, flight plans, weather conditions and damage models. Preliminary results indicate that the ELP can dramatically speed up the decision making process, which is critical in emergency situations, particularly when bad weather is involved. Pilot response to the ELP was overwhelmingly positive and several pilots expressed the desire to have this capability on current aircraft.

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NextGen Human Computer Function Allocation Panel Participation at HCI-Aero
Ms. Savita Verma participated as an invited panelist for a session on NextGen Human Computer Function Allocation held at the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)-Aero conference in Cape Canaveral, Florida November 3-5, 2010. The session was moderated by Mr. Leighton Quon. Other panelists represented the FAA and Eurocontrol. Function allocation is key to an effective transformation to NextGen and SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research, the Eurocontrol equivalent), and the introduction of new airborne and ground-based technologies will place emphasis on the changing roles and interactions between pilots, controllers and automated systems, and the transition to new technologies considering the alteration in roles. The session explored different aspects of requirements and interactions for the transition to NextGen and SESAR, and discussion ranged from the general context of NextGen and SESAR needs to some specific investigations of future concept and technology function allocation studies. Ms. Verma presented her work on levels of automation for a pairing tool used for simultaneous approaches.

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Commercial and Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE) tour Ames' Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS)
The CRASTE event was held at NASA Ames October 25-28, 2010. The VMS hosted approximately 20 attendees from CRASTE on a tour highlighting the lab's capabilities in spaceflight. The visitors flew the Space Shuttle landing and rollout simulation on the motion platform and the Orion re-entry simulation in a fixed-base cockpit.

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