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ATD-2 Provides Briefing for CDM Automation Team (CAT)
October 24, 2019

CDM Automation and ATD-2 team members sitting at a conference table.
CDM Automation Team meeting with NASA ATD-2 Team members.

NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team members met with the Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) Automation Team (CAT) on October 9, 2019, to focus on the National Traffic Management Logs (NTML) in conjunction with the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) data it produces. Topics discussed at this meeting included: ATD-2 research update, findings regarding the translation of the NTML logs into the SWIM feed, examples of SWIM feed data that were extracted from the NTML logs, how the ATD-2 system parsed and made use of the data, data utilized for the ATD-2 phase 3 demo, and lessons learned from developing the functionality. The CAT team plans to use this information in planning NTML usage procedures and best practices. (POC: Bob Staudenmeier)

NTX Engineers Participate in North Texas Outreach Event
October 24, 2019

Paul Borchers discusses ATD-2 technologies with an event attendee.
Paul Borchers at the iWork Career Exploration Event.

NASA North Texas Research Station (NTX) Engineers represented NASA Ames Research Center at the iWork Youth Career Exploration Event at Texas Education Service Center Region 11 on October 9, 2019, in White Settlement, Texas. Students from high schools throughout the Fort Worth area learned about Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) displays currently in use at the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport Air Traffic Control Towers, watched a video explaining the Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge, and collected information on the breadth of NASA aeronautical research programs. Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas, a part of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, sponsors the semi-annual event. (POC: Paul Borchers)

Keenan Roach discusses ATD-2 technologies with an event attendee.
Keenan Roach at the iWork Career Exploration Event.

NASA Participates in Northern Plains UAS Industry Day
October 24, 2019

The Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site hosted an Industry Day for a Statewide UAS Network for Beyond Visual Line of Site (BVLOS) Operations on October 15, 2019, in Fargo, North Dakota. Jim Murphy participated in the panel “UAS Traffic Management and Performance-Based Standards” which focused on how research in UAS Traffic Management (UTM) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM), as well as current efforts of standards committees to enable key functions of UAS operations, can be leveraged to develop and enhance a wide area network such as the one being deployed in North Dakota. The panel was moderated by Chris Theisen, Director of Research and Development at Northern Plains UAS Test Site, and included Jim Williams (JHW Unmanned Solutions), Biruk Abraham (Federal Aviation Administration), and Ted Lester (AiRXOS). (POC: Jim Murphy)

Grand Challenge Integrated Requirements Assessment
October 24, 2019

NASA’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Grand Challenge (GC) team completed an Integrated Requirements Assessment October 15-17, 2019, at NASA Ames Research Center. The requirements are in preparation for the first set of GC Developmental Test activities planned for late 2020. These test activities include both flight tests and simulations with vehicle and airspace industry partners, intended to establish the certification requirements and standards needed for the UAM market to move forward. The meeting included participation from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the GC project management team, technical leads across the Range, Airspace Test Infrastructure (ATI), and Flight Safety teams, as well as engineers and researchers across the GC team and the Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) project.

During the Integrated Requirements Assessment, GC systems engineers presented requirements to enable the buildup of a NASA capability to host an integrated flight test at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, with both vehicle and industry participants. Discussion topics also included: the architecture for partner integration during flight tests, the live virtual constructive capability that will be available in order to emulate high density UAM operations in any urban environment, a data management architecture and governance principles, as well as an implementation for airspace partners to demonstrate services and integration into the existing air traffic management environment, through simulation.

This requirements assessment will be followed by an Integrated Design Assessment in December 2019, during which finalized System Design Documents as well as System Requirements Documents will be discussed. As partners begin to on-board, developmental testing will take place in late 2020 to prepare for the initial Grand Challenge activity in 2022, that tests the readiness of companies’ vehicles and airspace operators’ systems to operate during a full range of passenger transport and cargo delivery scenarios under a variety of traffic conditions.

(POC: Shivanjli Sharma)

Joint NASA-FAA-Uber Meeting on High-Priority Research
October 24, 2019

NASA, FAA, and Uber representatives gathered at a conference table.
Joint NASA-FAA-Uber meeting at NASA Ames Research Center

A collaborative meeting with NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s Air Traffic and NextGen organizations, and Uber, was held at NASA Ames Research Center, October 16-17, 2019. This was the first in a planned series of collaboration meetings to refine Urban Air Mobility (UAM) research needs. The focus of this meeting was to discuss near- and mid-term UAM procedures and identify high-priority UAM research objectives. The teams discussed how, and under what conditions, to use the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) construct to manage UAM operations. The Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) project’s Increasing Diverse Operations (IDO) subproject led a discussion on long term research needs for new entrants into the National Airspace System (NAS). The NASA team also demonstrated the “X2” simulation and its different use cases, which included a live connection to Uber simulation facilities and their virtual flights in the simulation. NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) project’s Grand Challenge subproject also met with FAA and Uber visitors. Regular future meetings will be scheduled and to continue to refine research objectives that will enable UAM operations in controlled airspace. (POC: Savita Verma)

Savita Verma demonstrates X2 to FAA and Uber visitors in the UAM lab.
Demonstration of X2 to FAA and Uber visitors

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