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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE
05.23.12
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UAS in the NAS Distributed, Integrated Test & Evaluation
May 23, 2012

On May 8, 2012, the Simulation Laboratories (SimLabs) at NASA Ames Research Center and the Research Aircraft Integration Facility (RAIF) at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center achieved a “NASA first” by integrating aircraft telemetry data from Dryden’s Ikhana Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) into a live, virtual and constructive (LVC) flight test environment.  As a key capability for NASA’s UAS Integration in the National Airspace System (NAS) Project, the Integrated Test and Evaluation (IT&E) team is the first to install and fly an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system on a large unmanned aircraft and downlink its output, including both ownship information and surrounding live air traffic, to a ground control station.  The IT&E sub-project is building a combined live and virtual (simulated) real-time human-in-the-loop distributed test environment in order to facilitate the evaluation of candidate technologies that will enable more routine UAS operations in the NAS. During the test, a composite view of the mixed live and virtual air traffic was presented to operators in the Ground Control Station at Dryden and at the Air Traffic Control workstation at Ames. This capability will be used in future tests to reduce technical barriers related to the safety and operational challenges associated with enabling routine UAS access to the NAS.  The Project will continue to expand its LVC test capability by extending its interface to facilities at NASA Langley and Glenn Research Centers and possibly the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center. When completed, the LVC test capability would be usable by any organization needing to integrate either a live manned or a live unmanned aircraft into a simulated environment. (POC: Jim Murphy and Sam Kim)

FAA Experts and NASA Researchers Collaborate on OASIS Design
May 23, 2012

NASA researchers met with FAA subject matter experts (SMEs) on May 15-16, 2012 at Ames Research Center to elicit their guidance on the design of the Operational Airspace Sectorization Integrated System (OASIS), a major development activity of the Dynamic Airspace Configuration (DAC) research focus area. OASIS assists Area Supervisors in their planning of sector combine/decombine operations as well as opening/closing of Data-side (D-side) control positions; these advisory solutions are tailored to the predicted traffic demand over the next few hours. Ten SMEs with many years of experience at four different Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCCs) participated in this design meeting. Their technical exchange with NASA researchers provided numerous operational insights and suggestions for enhancing the OASIS algorithm and user interface. They also assisted in the planning of the OASIS human-in-the-loop (HITL) simulation scheduled for November 2012. This design meeting and the upcoming HITL simulation are key milestones along the path to a field evaluation of OASIS at the Cleveland ARTCC in the Fall of 2013. (POC: Karl Bilimoria)


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