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HIGHLIGHTS ARCHIVE
Aviation Safety Assurance Committee Meeting
March 22, 2017

The National Academies' Aviation Safety Assurance Committee, sponsored by NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, conducted their second meeting on March 15-16, 2017 in Washington D.C., as part of their role to focus on recommending research over the next 10-30 years to support development of an “in-time” safety assurance system. The committee and panelists/presenters from public, private, and academic communities discussed the long-term impact on four topic areas: the Future of Air Traffic Management, New Entrants, Issues Associated with Human Operators, and the Future of Data Analytics. The committee's 16 members consisted of public (NASA, FAA, Air Force Research Laboratory, MITRE, Flight Safety Foundation, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory), private (National Business Aviation Association, International Air Transport Association, Rockwell Collins, Elwell & Associates, Fazio Group International, Aireon), and academic communities (the University of Colorado, Boulder, the Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University, MIT, the University of Virginia). Presenters and participants represented some of these communities and other public, private, and academic institutions. (POC: Kee Palopo)



Blue Sky Meeting at Institute of Human Machine Cognition (IHMC)
March 22, 2017

Dr. Yoon Jung represented the Aviation Systems Division at a meeting at the Institute of Human Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Pensacola, Florida on March 7-8, 2017. The theme of the meeting was “Autonomous Towing for Future Transportation Systems.” Attendees, many of whom were experts in autonomy and robotics, represented NASA Ames Research Center and Johnson Space Center, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), USRA, Boeing, American Airlines, Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Mosaic ATM, PARC, Robotics Research, and IHMC. Mike Bryant (American Airlines CLT airport ramp tower director) and Jack Christine (Deputy Aviation Director for CLT airport) presented on the complexity in airport surface operations, and the infrastructure requirements for autonomous towing. Other options for autonomous operations on the airport surface were also discussed, as well as operational architectures to enable human control and supervision of autonomous operations and the possible roles of human and machines. During a post-breakout session, Dr. Jung briefed on NASA Ames Research Center's modeling and simulation capabilities, including the SMART-NAS test bed, Moffett Federal Air Field, and FutureFlight Central, in the context of simulating and testing autonomous towing (or baggage transportation systems) to validate concepts and technologies. (POC: Yoon Jung)



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