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ATM-X UAM Airspace System Software
January 30, 2020

The Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) Urban Air Mobility (UAM) team completed development and delivery of the initial UAM airspace system (X2) software with the delivery of documentation and reporting of analysis results on December 23, 2019. The X2 system supports NASA’s UAM Grand Challenge - Development Test (GC-DT) flight activities, starting during the Spring of 2020. X2 integrated components of NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) system and ATM-X’s Testbed platform, with enhancements to enable the density, tempo, and complexity of anticipated UAM operations. As part of X2 development, NASA collaborated with Uber on a series of engineering evaluations. Afterward, the X2 team implemented additional changes to enhance system performance, increase system capacity, raise system resilience, improve configuration management, and add verification and validation capabilities based on what was learned during the X2 engineering evaluations. The enhanced X2 system was successfully tested during internal tests in December 2019, with the NASA Grand Challenge Airspace Test Infrastructure (ATI) team, in preparation for GC-DT flight activities. The ATM-X UAM team will continue to develop and mature the UAM airspace system in support of GC-1 (the follow-up to GC-DT) in 2022, conducting engineering simulations on GC scenarios in summer 2020 (X3) and summer 2021 (X4) with additional industry partners.

POC: Shivanjli Sharma



Grand Challenge Visit to Choctaw Nation
January 30, 2020

Members of NASA assemble for a group picture in front of a NASA backdrop during their visit to the Chocktaw Nation. Pictured from left-to-right: Starr Ginn, Grand Challenge Lead; Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator; and Shivanjli Sharma, Grand Challenge ATI Lead.
NASA visits the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma in support of UAM Grand Challenge. Pictured from left-to-right: Starr Ginn, Grand Challenge Lead; Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator; and Shivanjli Sharma, Grand Challenge ATI Lead.

NASA’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Grand Challenge (GC) team visited the Choctaw Nation Headquarters on January 17, 2020 in Oklahoma as part of a meeting discussing the tribe’s buildup of capabilities in support of the FAA’s Integration Pilot Program (IPP) as well as UAM testing. The meeting focused on infrastructure and design of the Choctaw Nation’s range to support the IPP, UAM, and their applications to transport, agriculture, and safety services. The meeting included participation from Administrator Bridenstine, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials, the GC project management lead, the GC Airspace Test Infrastructure (ATI) lead, as well as Bell, Oklahoma State University, Noble Research Institute, GE AiRXOS, and other industry partners. The meeting highlighted infrastructure needs for small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) and UAM vehicles with ground-based detect and avoid radars and advanced weather infrastructure. Discussions during the meeting focused on data and testing needs required to establish a regulatory framework that will permit more complex low-altitude operations as well as higher altitude operations for cargo and passenger carrying UAM vehicles.

POC: Shivanjli Sharma



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