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Outreach to Haralson County High School in Georgia
March 13, 2019


Kevin Witzberger with several math class students from Haralson County High School.

Kevin Witzberger was an invited NASA speaker at Haralson County High School in Georgia, March 7-8, 2019. Over the course of two days, he spoke to several classes varying in size from 10 to 50 students, interacting with approximately 150 students in total. He gave presentations including information about NASA’s history, NASA Ames Research Center’s contributions to past missions, such as the Stardust Comet Sample Return, Kepler, Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) and Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), and on-going research in the areas of Air Traffic Management (ATM), the Low Boom Flight Demonstrator, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management, and Urban Air Mobility. The discussions were highly interactive and ranged from 40 to 90 minutes for a total of about seven hours in presentations. The students and teachers were especially interested in drones, air taxis, autonomy, and ATM and asked lots of questions throughout. Kevin presented several Future ATM Concept Evaluation Tool (FACET) animations, and the playback of the traffic on September 11, 2001 was the most popular. (POC: Kevin Witzberger)



ATD-2 Training at Atlanta and Washington Center
March 13, 2019

Since mid-February 2019, the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team has trained nine Traffic Management Coordinators (TMCs) from Washington Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZDC) and three TMCs from Atlanta Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZTL). The TMCs were briefed on, and guided through, interactions with ATD-2’s Ramp Traffic Console (RTC) and Surface Trajectory Based Operations (STBO) Client, and were engaged with features and data exchange between the two tools. The TMCs and ATD-2 team further discussed how ATD-2 is integrated into the Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM) system through Integrated Departure Arrival Capability (IDAC), the non-verbal interaction that is available through electronic negotiations, and how to use these systems in the Center environment. TMCs provided feedback and gained proficiency on the ATD-2 systems, and expressed enthusiasm about using the tool during severe weather. (POC: Bob Staudenmeier)



ATM Demonstrations at FutureFlight Central (FFC) for NASA Deputy Administrator
March 13, 2019


Lindsay Stevens (right) provided an overview of the ATD-2 subproject to NASA Deputy Administrator James Morhard (left) at FutureFlight Central at NASA Ames Research Center.

On Monday, February 25, 2019, NASA Deputy Administrator James Morhard visited NASA Ames Research Center. The visit included briefings and demonstrations of some of the Aviation Systems Division’s work in Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System (UAS/NAS) project, the UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) Traffic Management (UTM) project, and the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) project. Aviation Systems Division Chief, Sandy Lozito, provided an overview of the FutureFlight Central (FFC) facility capabilities. Lindsay Stevens provided an overview of the ATD-2 subproject and its benefits, and demonstrated the Ramp Traffic Console (RTC) using a traffic scenario at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) from the Assessment of Ramp Times 2 (ART-2) human-in-the-loop (HITL) simulation. Dr. Joey Rios provided an overview of UTM development and testing. The demonstrations were also attended by the Ames Center Director, and Aviation Systems Division and Aeronautics Directorate line and project management teams. (POC: Lindsay Stevens)


Dr. Joey Rios (left) provided an overview of the UTM project to NASA Deputy Administrator James Morhard (right) at FutureFlight Central at NASA Ames Research Center.



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