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Presentation of NASA Aeronautics Thrust 6 Roadmap on Autonomy
April 7, 2016

The current NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Thrust 6 Roadmap, "Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation," was presented at the Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems Committee Meeting (ACGSC) #117 on March 17, 2016 in Napa, California. The ACGSC meeting was focused on design and analysis of control systems for aeronautic and surface vehicles, space systems, and development of autonomous control systems. Ms. Shivanjli Sharma, a Thrust 6 roadmap team member, outlined the Team's vision of the future of autonomy in aviation over the next 25 years and beyond, and described efforts to develop the roadmap, as well as specific research themes, needed to achieve this vision. The presentation to an audience of 25-30 researchers and engineers from government, industry, and academia, gave an opportunity for feedback and comments on the continuing development of the roadmap, including thoughts on how partnerships with industry can be formulated to help support research challenges and specific applications of near term autonomous systems that can be tested and implemented. (POC: Shivanjli Sharma)



First TCL-2 Flight Test Checkout for UTM Completed
April 7, 2016

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) sub-project completed two days of flight testing at Moffett Federal Airfield, California, on March 23-24, 2016. Referred to as Technical Capability Level 2 (TCL-2) Checkout #1, three NASA Ames Research Center vehicles comprised of a fixed-wing Dragon Eye, and two multi-copters (X8 and IRIS), participated in the visual line-of-site (VLOS) flight test. The Test achieved a few "firsts" for the UTM sub-project: three Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) were flown concurrently—the most UAVs in the air at a UTM test to date; also, for the first time, two UAVs were flown in the same area, separated only by altitude. Key participants included ten flight crew members (one from NASA Langley Research Center), one range safety officer, five UTM support staff personnel, several logistics personnel, and five visual observers. Four of the five visual observers were first time, UTM trainees, and soon will be certified as visual observers.

A number of test objectives were identified for TCL-2 Checkout #1, including UTM software capability checks, and personnel procedures and training required to facilitate this test and future flight tests. The UTM software appeared to perform as designed. Data analysis is underway. Lessons learned from this flight test, including any lessons learned from the flight approval process, will be leveraged for the future flight tests. The next UTM flight test is TCL-2 Checkout #2 that is scheduled from June 27 to July 1, 2016 at Reno-Stead Airport, Nevada. (POC: Kevin Witzberger)



Nonreimbursable Space Act Agreement Signed with DFW Airport Board
April 7, 2016

The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) Board and NASA Ames Research Center have signed a five-year Nonreimbursable Space Act Agreement. The airport will provide accurate aircraft arrival and push-back times from the gates at DFW, while NASA will provide repeaters of its advisory displays that are currently in use at the airport's air traffic control towers. The NASA North Texas Research Station (NTX) will be the collection and dissemination point for this data, and will provide the displays and training. The airport will likely use the advisory displays to manage the ramps it controls at Terminals D and E, and for general situational awareness at its Airport Operations Center. The data provided to NTX will improve takeoff prediction time accuracy for NASA's advisory tools. This exchange establishes DFW Airport as an active participant in projects involving NASA air traffic management research partners in North Texas. (POC: Paul Borchers)



Aviation Systems Division Employees Recognized by ARMD AA Awards
April 7, 2016

NASA (ARMD) (AA), Dr. Jaiwon Shin, presented several ARMD AA Awards on March 31, 2016, at a ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center. The awards are given to individuals and groups and recognize exemplary performance and essential contributions, from nominations from the four NASA Aeronautics Centers. Aviation Systems Division individual award winners were Dr. Jaewoo Jung, for High Potentials; Shawn Engelland, for Strategic Partnerships; and Easter Wang, for Program and Mission Support. In addition, Aviation Systems Division staff were part of the team that received the Program and Mission Support Group award for the UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Convention Planning Team. Ames received the most awards across all of the Aeronautics Centers. Congratulations! (POC: Kathy Lee)

Shawn Engelland poses with his award alongside Dr. Jaiwon Shin and Dr. Tom Edwards.
L-R: Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Shawn Engelland, Dr. Tom Edwards



Easter Wang poses with her award alongside Dr. Jaiwon Shin and Dr. Tom Edwards.
L-R: Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Easter Wang, Dr. Tom Edwards



Jaewoo Jung poses with his award alongside Dr. Jaiwon Shin and Dr. Tom Edwards.
L-R: Dr. Jaiwon Shin, Jaewoo Jung, Dr. Tom Edwards



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