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Patent Awarded on Optimum Strategies for Selecting Descent Flight-Path Angles
August 3, 2016

The U.S. Patent Office has approved a patent application from Dr. Gilbert Wu on Optimum Strategies for Selecting Descent Flight-Path Angles. The technology addresses the issue of trajectory predictability by computing adaptable, fuel/cost-efficient, and flyable descent profiles for one or more aircraft on an arrival route over a specific duration. The potential benefits of this technology include improving throughput and reducing airline operating costs. (POC: Gilbert Wu)



Presentation of ARMD Thrust 6 (Autonomy) Roadmap
August 3, 2016

The NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Thrust 6 Roadmap, Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation, was presented to the National Academy of Sciences’ Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable (ARTR) panel and the 2014 Autonomy Study committee on August 2, 2016. The meeting was attended by approximately 50 individuals including senior members from industry and academia in the aeronautics discipline, senior NASA officials in ARMD, as well as researchers and roadmap team members from a number of NASA centers. The roadmap presentation outlined a vision of the future of autonomy in aviation over the next 25 years and beyond and described specific research themes and advancement strategies needed to achieve this vision. The primary purpose of the meeting was to review the Thrust 6 roadmap and evaluate it against the recommendations of the 2014 National Research Council (NRC) Aviation Autonomy study; a comparison of the roadmap with the recommendations from the NRC study was also presented. The committee provided substantive comments and feedback, including thoughts on how partnerships with industry can be formulated to help support research challenges and how NASA can move forward with future research and development to implement beneficial autonomous applications in civil aviation. (POC: Shivanjli Sharma)




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