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UTM-Testbed Integration
May 1, 2019

The Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) urban air mobility (UAM) sub-project achieved a significant technical accomplishment in its development of the UAM Grand Challenge (GC) airspace management backbone. The NASA ATM-X Testbed was connected to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Technology Capability Level 4 (TCL4) system components, and successfully demonstrated the exchange of simulated UTM operational data. The integration of the Testbed and the UTM TCL4 system facilitates a diverse range of GC simulations and enables users to access Testbed-connected simulation capabilities and data via TCL4. This is a crucial step towards preparing for GC flight test activities; industry partners will be able to conduct lab simulations to demonstrate required information exchange. Follow-up work is underway to connect the components (e.g., UAS Service Supplier - USS) of one or more industry partners with this integrated UTM TCL4-Testbed system that will be the foundation of the UAM GC airspace management backbone. To reduce risk, and pave the way for test simulations with GC partners, a demonstration of information exchange and interoperability between industry and NASA components is expected by the end of FY19. (POC: David Thipphavong)



NASA ATD-2 Shadow Session with FAA Field demo partners in North Texas
May 1, 2019

The ATD2 team and field demo partners meet at NTX.

On April 11, 2019, the NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team and its North Texas region Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) field demo partners discussed the proposed operational use of the ATD-2 Phase 3 capability that will be available in the field in Summer 2019. The team met with local National Air Traffic Controller Association (NATCA) representatives, traffic managers of Fort-Worth Air Traffic Control Center, Dallas-Fort Worth Terminal Radar Approach Control, and Dallas/Fort-Worth Air Traffic Control Tower. The NASA team demonstrated the ATD-2 metroplex system running with live data and created mock alternatives for rerouting traffic leveraging Trajectory Options Sets (TOSs) for concept walkthrough purposes. The group examined system recommended reroute opportunities and discussed procedural aspects of the FAA traffic management and approval process. A follow-up shadow session will take place in early May 2019 to gather feedback on the system features and discuss needs before the system is utilized in the field. (POC: Greg Juro)



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