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NASA Aeronautics Seedling Fund Project Yields Mobile App-Based ADS-B Traffic Data For Earth Science Missions using Small UAS
April 17, 2014

A December 2013 flight demonstration was successfully accomplished at the Lawrence Livermore Site 300 test site in a collaboration between SimLabs (code AFS), the Earth Science Division (SG), and Exelis. SimLabs provided real-time Automated Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) air traffic and situational awareness on an iPad Mini platform, running the Exelis OpsVue Mobile® app to an Earth Science Remote Sensing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) mission utilizing NASA's Dragoneye unmanned aircraft. The app and data stream were made possible through a previously-awarded NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI) Seedling Fund project that began as a collaboration between SimLabs and Exelis, provider of ADS-B data services to the FAA. The Seedling Fund project aims to import Exelis ADS-B data into the SimLabs Live-Virtual-Constructive Distributed Test Environment (LVC-DTE) simulation arena to further enhance the realistic representation of UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS) Integration simulations. One challenge of small UAS operating in the NAS is their lack of on-board transponders to “participate,” or self-report their position in the airspace. The Site 300 demonstration was the first step in preparing for the next phase of the Seedling Fund project, where position of the small UAS will be published to the commercial NextGen database through an interface with the UAS operator's ground control station laptop computer.

During the December operation, a tailored surveillance volume was created by Exelis at the location of the mission. SimLabs provided the UAS pilot with real-time traffic awareness and demonstrated the safety of flight and the continuity of the mission, even when an aircraft approached the special use airspace. Real-time traffic situational awareness for the Dragoneye operators was a major step forward for future missions that may require a higher degree of traffic awareness than typically available today. (POC: Jim Murphy, Neil Otto, Matt Fladeland)

NASA University Research Center "CHAAT" Continues to Deliver Researchers and Results
April 17, 2014

Staff from both the Aviation Systems and the Human Systems Integration Divisions (Code TH) visited the Center for Human factors in Advanced Aeronautics Technologies (CHAAT) laboratory at California State University at Long Beach on April 8-9, 2014 to conduct the annual site visit and technical review. For the past five years, CHAAT has been developing under NASA's support as a University Research Center (URC), one of 14 such grantees nationwide. In that time, CHAAT has developed into an impressive multi-disciplinary research center that is making substantive contributions to human factors in air traffic management in support of the Airspace Systems and the Integrated Systems Research Programs. In 2013-14, CHAAT faculty and students conducted human-in-the-loop (HITL) simulations in their laboratory in partnership with NASA and also supported HITL simulations at NASA Ames Research Center, including Single-Pilot Operations and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS). Graduates of the program have been essential members on a number of research teams at Ames for several years now. CHAAT has also supported and/or led an impressive array of outreach programs to foster interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, aviation, and NASA among a variety of underrepresented groups. (POC: Todd Farley, Savvy Verma, Mary Connors)

NASA Ames researchers visit American Airlines to discuss research collaboration
April 17, 2014

On April 15, 2014, researchers from NASA Ames Research Center visited the American Airlines (AA) Headquarters near the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport (Texas) to continue discussions concerning possible collaborations involving NASA Ames, AA, and Stanford University, that grew from discussions between the parties at Stanford in February 2014. The meeting was hosted by AA's Operations Research and Advanced Analytics group, which provides analytical consulting and decision support tools for multiple AA business units. NASA shared research on understanding and modeling airline behavior and the FAA's usage of traffic management initiatives. The teams discussed research collaboration opportunities and AA's plans for participating in Collaborative Trajectory Options Programs, which are a new type of traffic management initiative. NASA Ames, AA, and Stanford participants hope to continue the discussion to find a mutually-beneficial area of collaboration and research. (POC: Michael Bloem, William N. Chan)

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