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WebEx Telecon Meeting/Briefings with ONERA representatives
June 14, 2017

On June 12, 2017, NASA representatives held a telecon with colleagues from ONERA (Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales), the French aeronautics, space, and defense research laboratory, located in Toulouse, France. The meeting further explored the next steps in a joint NASA-ONERA collaboration on performance modeling for fuel, noise, and emissions. ONERA presented their work on the IESTA (Air Transport Systems Evaluation Infrastructure) platform, Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM), and environment study. The NASA team presented its own development on UTM and the Shadow Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System (SMART NAS) Test Bed. The teams discussed a possible ONERA visit to NASA Ames in the near future. (POC: Kee Palopo)

UTM TCL2 National Campaign Flight Test at FAA UAS Test Sites
June 14, 2017

From June 5-9, 2017, the NASA and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) national test sites completed data collection flight tests in the second UAS Traffic Management (UTM) National Campaign. The flight tests, which reflected UTM Technology Capability Level 2 (TCL2), included multiple, simultaneous beyond-visual-line-of-sight operations with about 40 partners connected to the NASA research platform. The Nevada test site completed its testing in May, and the Alaska, New York, North Dakota, Texas, and Virginia test sites followed in June. All test sites utilized NASA's UTM research platform, which is a prototype of the flight information management system (FIMS) that will be transitioned to the FAA, and a UAS Service Supplier (USS) technology prototype that was used to define performance standards and requirements for industry and visualization tools for tablets, computers, and the UTM lab video wall. The tools enabled the data to be validated and viewed in real-time. Five companies implemented their USS and connected them to the NASA systems. NASA researchers in the field collected data on information requirements for operators and what service suppliers will need to share with each other. Results from the National Campaign 2 will be used to design the next technical capability level for FIMS and USS, as well as refine the operational concepts and use cases. (POC: Arwa Aweiss)

UTM TCL2 Media Day
June 14, 2017

A media event was held on June 6, 2017 at the NASA Ames Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Lab and three of the UAS National Test Sites to highlight the UTM Technology Capability Level 2 (TCL2) National Campaign testing. Local media (TV, newspaper, social media), were invited to visit the sites, observe and film UTM and unmanned vehicle flights, and interview NASA and test site personnel. The media day coordination was led by the NASA Headquarters Public Affairs Office (J.D. Harrington). Below are some links with the media coverage from the event:

NBC Alaska
The Bismarck Tribune and Grand Forks Herald, North Dakota
Texas A&M University
ABC 7 News Bay Area
Facebook Live

Remote ATD-2 Briefing and Demo to Stakeholders
June 14, 2017

On June 9, 2017, NASA provided an Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) remote briefing and demonstration to 70 stakeholders. Participants included Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) headquarters representatives from the NextGen, Program Management, System Operations, and System Requirements organizations, and FAA and National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) members of the Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) Operations Team. Also in attendance were air carrier representatives operating at the Charlotte Airport (CLT) field demo site, pilot unions; CLT, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Las Vegas airports, and various other industry stakeholders. The briefings covered the ATD-2 concept, the process in which requirements were gathered from stakeholders for the Phase 1 Field Demonstration, Surface-Collaborative Decision Making (S-CDM) principles used in the ATD-2 system, data exchange and integration features that facilitate collaboration, interchange between the sub-components, and analysis tools. NASA provided a demonstration of the ATD-2 user interfaces and concept of use with the latest software running with live CLT traffic. Remote ATD-2 demonstrations will be hosted occasionally, with the goal of providing regular outreach to all interested stakeholders. (POC: Al Capps)

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