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NASA Grand Challenge Airspace Test Infrastructure Kickoff
June 6, 2019

The Grand Challenge (GC) Airspace Test Infrastructure (ATI) team met at NASA Ames Research Center for a kickoff meeting, May 28-29, 2019. The Team is preparing for the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem-wide challenge for participants to execute system-level safety and integration scenarios within a robust and relevant environment, which NASA will host in 2020. The ATI kickoff meeting included engineers and researchers from NASA’s Ames and Langley Research Centers who developed a schedule for the Initial Grand Challenge and the associated build-up activities. The ATI team is focused on providing a robust platform for UAM airspace participants to demonstrate their concepts and integrate with UAM Vehicle participants. The ATI team is also working closely both with NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s team, which is providing the test range, and with industry partners, to integrate their concepts in order to execute an integrated Vehicle and Airspace UAM Grand Challenge. (POC: Jim Murphy and Shivanjli Sharma)



NASA-Uber X2 Connectivity Testing
June 6, 2019


NASA team observing exchange of volumes and tracks as expected between NASA and Uber

The NASA Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) project’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) team successfully completed a test of the UAM airspace management system for the Grand Challenge (GC) with an external partner, Uber Elevate, on May 30, 2019. The UAM and Uber Elevate teams collaborated to test connectivity between NASA and Uber systems. Their goal is to enable X2 engineering evaluations planned for August 2019, that will exercise the UAM airspace system backbone and simulation platform to be used in the Grand Challenge. It is expected that these connectivity tests and X2 will reduce risk, and expedite the future integration of GC partners into the GC airspace system. During the connectivity testing, the teams validated the exchange of simulated UAM operational data (e.g., volumes, routes, tracks) between systems and identified features needed to extend the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) paradigm and system for UAM operations. Follow-up work is underway to integrate the additional components required to conduct X2 engineering evaluations with UAM airspace management technologies. (POC: David Thipphavong)



NASA Grand Challenge Scenarios Technical Working Group Kickoff
June 6, 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hosted a kickoff meeting for the Grand Challenge (GC) Scenarios Technical Working Group (STWG) at FAA Headquarters, May 31, 2019. Meeting participants included representatives from NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) project, engineers and researchers from the GC, and subject matter experts across a wide range of FAA organizations, including Air Traffic (ATO), Flight Standards (AFX), Aircraft Certification (AIR), NextGen (ANG), and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (AUS). In 2020, NASA will host an Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ecosystem-wide challenge for participants to execute system level safety and integration scenarios within a robust and relevant environment. This STWG kickoff meeting was focused on introducing the team to the development work leading up to the formulation of the Grand Challenge as well as introducing an initial set of scenarios that will be further refined and amended through iterations in the STWG. The STWG aims to define a set of scenarios that include both NASA and FAA considerations while also maximizing value generated to both industry participants and government organizations. Through the collaboration that will be fostered in this working group, the GC scenarios will serve to provide a robust platform for UAM industry partners to demonstrate their concepts and execute an integrated Vehicle and Airspace UAM Grand Challenge. (POC: Shivanjli Sharma)



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