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NASA ATD-2 Team Briefs the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Industry-FAA Team (SWIFT)
November 21, 2018

Photograph of ATD-2 researcher presenting to a roomful of people.

On November 15, 2018, the NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) subproject participated in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-hosted SWIFT team event in Washington D.C. The purpose of the FAA Program Management Organization (PMO) event was to foster discussion and innovation among users of System Wide Information Management (SWIM) data. The venue was well-attended by numerous industry airline operators, vendors that support these operators, the FAA and NASA, and included a keynote presentation by Southwest Airlines. NASA’s presentations highlighted the ATD-2 system’s operation in field environments for over a year, which is almost completely enabled by live SWIM feeds from six distinct SWIM services. NASA also presented the benefits that have been obtained from this system while illustrating specific operational uses of new data in both air traffic control and operator environments. The TFDM Terminal Publication (TTP) feed that NASA is producing on the SWIM research and development network was briefly discussed and the aviation community was encouraged to gain access to it to foster innovation. NASA also presented the challenges of consuming SWIM data from numerous sources, including understanding the data elements in the context of the operational FAA system source, mapping to consistent internal definitions, transforming to allow for robust handling of SWIM input changes, and producing the right data at the right time. The Fuser component that is used for mediation was briefly discussed as well as some lessons learned and how others in the community might gain access to it. (POC: Shawn Gorman)

UAS in the NAS - Honeywell Flight Test
November 21, 2018

Photograph of the King Air and AStar used in the flight test.

Under an agreement between NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) (UAS/NAS) project and Honeywell, a flight test was successfully conducted in Deer Valley, Arizona on October 24-25, 2018. The purpose of the flight test was to characterize performance of a low cost, size, weight, and power airborne radar, the digital adaptive phased array (DAPA)-Lite. This radar has the potential to be utilized by the detect-and-avoid (DAA) system of an unmanned vehicle. The flight test involved two aircraft, Honeywell’s AStar helicopter (which acted as a UAS surrogate) and a King Air. The radar was installed on the AStar and approximately 60 encounters between the two aircraft were flown. Surveillance data, including from radar and ADS-B, were collected. Results will be analyzed and used in the planning of the UAS/NAS project’s Flight Test 6, as well as to further inform RTCA of DAA requirements. (POC: Gilbert Wu)

Photograph of the Honeywell team
Honeywell team (Jamal Hague, POC, 5th from left) and NASA personnel (Sam Kim AFRC, 4th from left; Gilbert Wu ARC, 8th from left)

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