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Completion of SARDA Human-in-the-Loop Simulation Data Collection
November 14, 2014

A controller uses the new touch-based SARDA tools in FutureFlight Central.
An American Airlines air traffic controller participates in the SARDA experiment at NASA Ames Research Center's airport tower simulator, FutureFlight Central.

The Spot and Runway Departure Advisor (SARDA) airport surface research team performed three-weeks of data collection September 29 to October 24 in NASA Ames Research Center's FutureFlight Central (FFC) facility. The experiment was the final in a series of six planned human-in-the-loop simulations in FY14 to evaluate a surface scheduling technology, including ramp tower displays, using Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (Charlotte, NC) (CLT) as the target airport in the simulation. American Airlines (formerly US Airways) personnel participated as ramp tower controllers in the experiment in which the team simulated the new operational conditions added to the scenarios for previous simulations, including traffic flow management initiatives (e.g., Expected Departure Clearance Times and Miles-in-Trail restrictions). Also, a new feature for the scheduler function was added to suggest different taxiways in order to avoid congestion in the ramp area. Two engineers from American Airlines Operations Planning and Performance group also participated during the simulation to collaborate with NASA researchers in fine tuning the integration of their taxi prediction module with the SARDA scheduler function. It is expected that the SARDA capability will eventually be tested in the American Airlines ramp tower at CLT within the next 2 years. (POC: Dr. Yoon Jung)

Provisional Patent Filed for NAS-based Airborne Rerouting Technology
November 14, 2014

The NASCENT (NAS Constraint Evaluation and Notification Tool) software implemented NASA's Dynamic Weather Routing (DWR) tool algorithm with a few novel techniques, which extends the DWR reroute advisories to the NAS. The DWR automation provides time- and fuel-saving weather avoidance reroutes during significant convective weather activity for a single Center. The technology for NASCENT was filed as a provisional patent (#ARC-17419-1) and currently, there is one prospective industry partner interested in commercializing the NASCENT software. (POC: Dr. Kapil Sheth)

Interagency Planning Office (IPO) UAS 2030+ Vision Meeting
November 14, 2014

Tom Davis, one of NASA's IPO points of contact, has attended the first two Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) 2030+ multi-agency vision meetings. Other agencies in attendance include the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Commerce. NASA's UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS) and ATM +1, +2 and +3 plans for NextGen will play key roles in the development of the “NextGen UAS Vision” document that sets the goals and guidelines for the U.S. government investment in integrating all UAS operations into the NAS. NASA's UAS Traffic Management (UTM) concept is mentioned prominently as a key concept in the evolution of the interagency plan. The NextGen UAS Vision document is in the early planning stages and is expected to be ready for review in mid-calendar year 2015 (POC: Tom Davis)

Visit by Software Engineering Team from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility
November 14, 2014

The air traffic management (ATM) software development team hosted six software engineers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF) on November 5, 2014. The NIF's lead for engineering tools had contacted Ms. Michelle Eshow asking for a meeting, after reading on-line about the ATM team's successful transition to the Atlassian tool suite (Confluence, JIRA, Stash, etc.) and the open-source git tool. The ATM team uses these tools for many aspects of software engineering, especially change tracking. The visitors had many detailed questions about lessons learned and the pros and cons of our tool selection for configuration control, documentation, and release deployment. The ATM team spent about three hours in discussions, then gave the visitors informal tours of the Aviation Systems Division facilities. The NIF visitors were extremely appreciative and left with more confidence in their desire to move to the same tools. (POC: Michelle Eshow)

Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) Team Workshop
November 14, 2014

NASA's ATD-2 Formulation Team conducted a three-day workshop on November 4-6, 2014 at NASA Ames Research Center. ATD-2 will be part of the new Airspace Technology Demonstration (ATD) Project and will demonstrate Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) technologies. A pre-formulation planning effort solicited stakeholder feedback to establish the high-level concept and scope for ATD-2. During the first day of the workshop, the formulation team reviewed technologies (both NASA and non-NASA) relevant to ATD-2. On Day 2, the team participated in system engineering exercises to further define the high-level concept produced by the pre-formulation team. The final day of the workshop was devoted to technology mapping wherein the formulation team began to identify the specific technologies that will be further developed and integrated during the ATD-2 effort. The ATD-2 formulation team will use the workshop products to develop an integrated Concept of Operations and detailed project plan for ATD-2. (POC: Shawn Engelland)

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