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UAS in the NAS Flight Test #4 VIP Day
May 25, 2016

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) project team members briefed the goals and outcomes of Flight Test-4 (FT4) at VIP Day at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC, Edwards, CA). Attendees included the AFRC Center Director, Aeronautics Research Directors from Ames and Armstrong, and representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. Army, and RTCA, who also heard presentations on the overall research and contributions to the Detect and Avoid (DAA) and Command and Control MOPS (minimum operational performance standards). A live data feed from the flight test enabled visitors to observe FT4 activities and participate in a hands-on demonstration of maneuvering a simulated UAS out of conflict using the DAA and the Traffic Alert Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) displays. (POC: James Murphy, Karen Cate)


ATD University at NASA North Texas Research Station
May 25, 2016

Group photo of ATD-U Tour Participants.
ATD-U participants tour American Airlines IOC.

On May 17-18, 2016, Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) stakeholders from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Air Traffic Controller Association (NATCA), American Airlines (AAL), DTIS corporation and NASA personnel met at the NASA North Texas Research Station (NTX) (Fort Worth, TX), for the fourth “ATD-U” class offering. Over the two days, the group was briefed on the foundational technologies upon which ATD-2 is built and what it will attempt to achieve. The subject matter expertise of the attendees enabled further discussions about the FAA's Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM), Advanced Electronic Flight Strips (AEFS) and Surface Collaborative Decision Making (CDM). Greg Juro, D10 Terminal Services manager, led the group on a tour of the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport's Center tower. Charlie Mead, AAL, led the group in a tour of AAL's new Integrated Operations Center (IOC) and explained the operations. (POC: Al Capps)


Visit from Professor Daniel Delahaye (ENAC)
May 25, 2016

Professor Daniel Delahaye visited the Aviation Systems Division May 16-20, 2016. Professor Delahaye heads the Optimization and Automatic Control Group, Laboratory in Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Automatics for Air Transport, Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC), in Toulouse, France. ENAC is a major contributor to aviation research in Europe and the work of Dr. Delahaye’s team has been applied to Air Traffic Management (ATM) in the areas of air traffic complexity, forecasting air traffic controller workload, air traffic planning, ground aircraft taxiing, trajectory prediction, and detection and resolution of conflicts. Dr. Delahaye met with Dr. Banavar Sridhar (Ames Senior Scientist for Air Transportation Systems) and discussed possible collaboration in developing efficient routes for long-haul flights and minimal noise approaches to airports, using optimization and data mining methods. NASA and ENAC are in the process of developing a collaborative agreement in Air Traffic Management. Dr. Delahaye also received briefings on NASA's current work on the Shadow Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System (SMART-NAS) Test Bed, and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System (UAS-NAS) project. (POC: Banavar Sridhar)


Aviation Systems Division Exhibit at Tech Center Tuesday
May 25, 2016
Photo of ATCA Exhibit.
Exhibit at the Tech Center ATCA Symposium.

NASA's airspace research and development was showcased during the annual Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) Tech Symposium’s Tech Center Tuesday (TCT) event, May 17, 2016 at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center (Atlantic City, NJ). The Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) departure metering capabilities were exhibited alongside the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) technologies. The ATD-2 materials featured a newly-produced animation highlighting the ATD-2 concept and field demonstration plan. Exhibit visitors included government and industry representatives attending the ATCA Tech Symposium. ATD-2 received considerable interest throughout the event.

The UTM display featured a simulated scenario of traffic at the 6 FAA UAS test sites, plus simulated traffic from the San Francisco Bay Area. Visitors viewed functions of the UTM research platform on three iPad apps running Insight-UTM, the UTM research visualization app, and on a display showing selected UAS in a Google Earth environment.

Visitors to the NASA exhibits included Ed Mercer, director of the FAAs Interagency Planning Office (formerly Joint Planning and Development Office), which guides consensus and investment decisions for NextGen, Paul Plantzer, ATCA manager for Air Traffic Control Programs, and Vicky Cox, former FAA Associate Administrator for Nextgen. (POC: Jane Thipphavong, Tom Prevot)


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