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Live, Virtual and Constructive Distributed Simulation
September 20, 2012

On August 23, 2012, the NASA Ames SimLabs Integrated Test and Evaluation (IT&E) team participated in a joint government and industry exercise with the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC), NavAir Pax River, and Boeing in Palmdale and Philadelphia, to demonstrate the capability to operate in a live, virtual and constructive (LVC) distributed simulation between five remote facilities, sharing aircraft track data via the FAA's NextGen R&D network. SimLabs leveraged the NASA North Texas Research Station's existing connection to the WJHTC NextGen External Enclave to insert Ames' high fidelity B747-400 flight simulator into the LVC environment. This connection enabled Ames operators to interact directly with simulators from other locations through direction of controllers at the FAA's NextGen Integration and Evaluation Capability (NIEC) lab, which emulated the Dallas/Fort Worth, TX en route, terminal, and tower Air Traffic Control environments. Realistic radio communication was established between SimLabs and the NIEC using a Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) voice system. This capability enabled seamless voice communication between the B747-400 pilot, air traffic controllers at the WJHTC, and all other participants. In addition to recording the event locally, WJHTC collected video footage of each facility, which will be used during a panel discussion featuring leaders from each of the participating facilities at the upcoming International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) conference. This demonstration established a nationwide platform capable of supporting joint activities from multiple external facilities. This capability lays the foundation for what is anticipated to be a persistent and valuable connection between the NIEC and NASA's UAS-NAS LVC capability. (POC - Jim Murphy, Neil Otto and Srba Jovic)

NASA Ames Hosts Interagency Technology Transfer Meeting
September 20, 2012

The NASA/FAA Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface Research Transition Team (IADS RTT), one of several teams charged with coordinating the transition of NASA research products to the FAA in support of NextGen, held a meeting at NASA Ames on September 11-12, 2012. The IADS RTT is currently coordinating transition of four NASA research products: Precision Departure Release Capability (PDRC), Spot and Runway Departure Advisor (SARDA), Integrated Surface Management and Flight Deck, and Airport Runway Management. FAA participants at the meeting represented NextGen organizations responsible for technology development, prototyping, and specifying and procuring automation systems such as Time Based Flow Management (TBFM) and Tower Flight Data Manager (TFDM). FAA personnel provided updates on NextGen technology development and prototyping as well as new FAA processes for transitioning Ideas To Implementation. NASA researchers and managers supporting the Airspace Systems Program participated and provided updates on the four research products along with demonstrations at Ames' Future Flight Central (FFC) and the Airport and Terminal Area Simulator (ATAS). The RTT concluded their meeting with observations of a Terminal Sequencing and Spacing simulation experiment. (POC - Shawn Engelland)

Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) Media Day
September 20, 2012

Photo of the VMS
The Vertical Motion Simulator

NASA Ames' Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) hosted a Media Day on September 19, 2012. The event was a precursor to the anticipated Endeavor shuttle flyover at NASA Ames, and focused on Ames' contributions to the Space Shuttle Program of which the VMS played a large role in shuttle pilot training. The VMS hosted seven press groups from the BBC and local San Francisco Bay Area TV stations KPIX and KRON, the San Jose State University (SJSU) Update News, Alameda (CA) Sun, and KGO (San Francisco) radio. The press groups were given tours and demonstrations of the VMS, with both stationary and motion demonstrations. (POC - Bimal Aponso, Steve Beard)

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