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Alaska Airlines Dispatcher visits National Airspace System Constraint Evaluation and Notification Tool (NASCENT) team
August 2, 2018

The NASCENT team demonstrates the tool to Alaska Airlines visitors in the ATD-3 lab space.

Mr. Alek Mead, a Lead Dispatcher at Alaska Airlines, along with three summer interns, visited NASA Ames Research Center on July 31, 2018 to meet with the NASCENT team. Alaska Airlines is NASA’s industry partner for the Multi-Agent Air/Ground Integrated Coordination (MAAGIC) effort. The Alaska Airlines team was briefed on NASCENT, and then observed a MAAGIC flight test which featured NASCENT software for dispatchers running on a computer at Ames communicating with the Traffic Aware Planner (TAP) software for pilots running on NASA's HU-25 aircraft operating from Langley airfield. The flight test exercised many capabilities of TAP and NASCENT, as well as the communication and information-sharing capabilities that MAAGIC provides for air/ground integration. Later, Alek spent some time exercising NASCENT with a live traffic and weather data feed, and evaluated several time-saving advisories for Alaska Airlines flights. He provided some very positive feedback about NASCENT and MAAGIC capabilities. (POC: Karl Bilimoria)

A Model for Community Supported Software
August 2, 2018

The Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is partially funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at Chapel Hill to maintain and support its software for a global community. ATM-X Project team members William Chan, Kee Palopo, and James Murphy visited the Center and EPA on July 25, 2018, to gain insight into how the Center manages the operations of the EPA software, which is analogous to transitioning the ATM-X Testbed to the external community. The CMAS Center provides software download through their website, training, software tests, conferences, and helps users to understand and use the software. ATM-X Testbed will be adopting many of these practices. (POC: Kee Palopo)

Third Trajectory Based Operation Research Technical Exchange Meeting
August 2, 2018

The participants of the TBO Technical Exchange Meeting seated at a long table in a conference room with a chart projected along the back wall.
Technical Exchange Meeting

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) hosted the third technical exchange meeting (TEM) in a series on Trajectory-Based Operations, July 26-27, 2018. Approximately 50 researchers and leads from NASA, FAA WJHTC, MITRE, and Boeing participated in presentations and demonstrations which included the WJHTC’s hardware and software facilities. The FAA presented their TBO storyboard (which can be accessed at, the integration of the WJHTC labs, and the Florida Testbed which is part of the WJHTC, along with a presentation of a Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS) Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) analysis. Boeing presented perspectives on TBO, Model Based System Engineering, and the ecoDemonstrator program. MITRE presented their role in evaluating Terminal Sequence and Spacing (TSAS). The NASA team discussed the ecoDemonstrator and scenarios developed with Boeing and WJHTC. The lab tours included the TSAS and Airspace Technology Demonstration (ATD) evaluation labs, weather integration lab, TFMS, and Flight Management System (FMS) lab. The ATM-X Testbed team was particularly interested in the WJHTC DataComm Avionics lab as a candidate participant facility for the ecoDemonstrator 2019 tests. This lab includes flight management systems and a ground station, which could be used to send and receive messages between Testbed and test aircraft, using the operational communications transport systems provided by ARINC and SITA. This capability is being considered by NASA to send a re-route message from NASA ground system to a Boeing aircraft during flight. The next TEM is planned to be NASA Ames Research Center with dates to be identified. (POC: Kee Palopo, William Chan, Kevin Witzberger)

ATD-2 Surface Management Display at FAA WJHTC
ATD-2 Surface Management Display at FAA WJHTC

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