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Grand Challenge Completes Internal Software-in-the-Loop Test for Development Test Flight Demonstrations
December 12, 2019

On December 4, 2019 the Grand Challenge (GC) Airspace Test Infrastructure (ATI) team conducted an internal software test as a first step in preparing for Grand Challenge Development Test (DT) Flight Demonstrations, scheduled for late summer 2020 at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) flight test range. The Grand Challenge DT is the first activity in a series with vehicle and airspace industry partners focused on establishing the certification requirements and standards needed for the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market to move forward.

The ATI team has developed a flight test system architecture to support airspace partners and vehicle partners in a variety of configurations. The system, predominantly a cloud-based infrastructure, will be able to integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM)-inspired UAM Service Suppliers (USSs), live flight vehicle telemetry monitoring, and data collection required to enable a successful integrated DT flight demonstration. The internal software-in-the-loop test included a concrete demonstration of progress across two software teams (GC ATI and ATM-X UAM) along with a test of the first delivery of the first UAM core services build for flight test. The test demonstrated virtual traffic to emulate UAM aircraft flying in the first scenario planned for the GC, along with key infrastructure such as the discovery service and situational displays in the Airspace Operations Lab, which will serve as the primary execution center for the ATI team during the GC. The test also included an initial verification of an updated data collection system and validation of data persistence based on lessons learned from UTM’s Technology Capability Level 4 (TCL4). A follow up test is planned for December 17, 2019, where additional functionality will be explored in preparation for GC DT flight test activities.

POC: Shivanjli Sharma



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