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ATD-2 Phase 3 Stormy 21 Kick Off Meeting
September 3, 2020

The NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team conducted a “Stormy 21” virtual planning meeting with field demo partners in the North Texas area, on August 26, 2020. The participants included American, Southwest and Envoy airlines, the National Business Aircraft Association (NBAA), Dallas Love Field Tower, Dallas-Fort Worth Terminal Radar Approach Control, Fort Worth Air Route Traffic Control Center and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) Next Generation Air Transportation System representative. Stormy 21 refers to the convective weather storm season, during which the ATD-2 Phase 3 evaluation will take place, currently planned for April-July 2021. During the evaluation, the ATD-2 Integrated Arrival, Departure, and Surface (IADS) prototype system will issue alternative routes, in the form of Trajectory Option Sets (TOS), for departing flights in the North Texas terminal area.

The participants began collaborating on the process for achieving successful TOS submissions in the upcoming months and discussed the field demo partners’ readiness to submit and approve TOS submissions, training needs, and information exchange to compensate for staffing resource availability. The groups also discussed potential enhancements to the ATD-2 system, and methods to adapt those enhancements. There was unanimous agreement for the continuation of making TOS submissions available to the field demo partners during the next few months, and collaboration with the field demo partners will continue in order to finalize a specific time parameter for the formal phase of testing and data collection associated with Stormy 21. Data and reports that will assist field demo partners in analyzing TOS opportunities and ATD-2 benefits will continue to be disseminated in upcoming virtual meetings.


POC: Greg Juro



UAS in the NAS Detect and Avoid Team Attend RTCA Special Committee 228 Virtual Meeting
September 3, 2020

The NASA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) Project’s detect-and-avoid (DAA) team members attended RTCA Special Committee 228 Working Group 1’s virtual face-to-face meeting, August 25-28, 2020. The focus of the meeting was to address the internal review and comments (RAC) for the DAA Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) in preparation for the final review and comments (FRAC) version of the DAA MOPS, DO-365B. Specifically, the NASA DAA teams were engaged in key requirement areas for the non-cooperative DAA well clear, Air Collision Avoidance System (ACAS)-Xu display requirements, and low size, weight, and power sensors. At the end of the four-day meeting, the RTCA plenary approved of the working group’s request to enter FRAC in mid-September 2020.


POC: Gilbert Wu



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