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Grand Challenge Integrated Design Assessment
January 15, 2020

NASA’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Grand Challenge (GC) team completed an Integrated Design Assessment December 10-12, 2019, at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center. The design is in preparation for the first set of GC Developmental Test activities planned for late 2020, as well as the GC Scenario and connection Dry Run in Spring 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 design assessment 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 from the GC team and the Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) project.

During the Integrated Design Assessment, the GC Range and ATI Design Leads presented the system designs intended to meet the system requirements and flight test operations concepts discussed at the Requirements Assessment in October 2019. The groups also discussed the potential new requirement for flying out of an external test range, identified by a vehicle participant, status of the scenarios development, data collection and impact to flight scenarios, weather and noise sensor testing, and the requirements for a standalone, mobile operation facility that could serve multiple test ranges for Grand Challenge testing.

This design assessment will be followed in late January/early February 2020 by a combined requirements and design review of the developmental testing Dry Run planned for early spring 2020. As partners begin to on-board, developmental testing will take place in late 2020.

POC: Jim Murphy



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