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Air Traffic Management TestBed Connectivity with ICAROUS
September 30, 2020

Screenshot of the TestBed tool during the ICAROUS connectivity test.

NASA is developing the Air Traffic Management TestBed, an inter-connected air traffic simulation capability, to help accelerate the introduction of advanced technologies into the National Airspace System (NAS). TestBed provides easy-to-use and easy-to-connect support for various applications as plugins.

Ames and Langley Research Center teams successfully completed a connectivity test of a safety-centric system for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, as a plugin to TestBed, on September 28, 2020. This safety-centric system, ICAROUS (Independent and Configurable Architecture for Reliable Operations of Unmanned Systems), is an onboard software system that enables the modular integration of mission-specific logic, sensor technologies, and a collection of core applications. The core applications implement capabilities such as detect and avoid, keep-in and keep-out geofencing, path planning, return to mission, and merging and spacing. ICAROUS is publicly available under NASA's Open Source Agreement at https://github.com/nasa/icarous.

During the connectivity test, ICAROUS, an air-taxi-vehicle simulator called “Flyer,” and a traffic simulator and mission planner called TIGAR, were connected to TestBed, which enabled the sharing of aircraft data. As shown in the figure above, the Flyer travels from Foster City, CA towards South San Francisco, and an ICAROUS detect-and-avoid algorithm generates a path deviation for the Flyer to avoid another flying aircraft (not shown). The successful connectivity demonstrated in this test would enable the ICAROUS team to participate in future Urban Air Mobility experiments that leverage TestBed.


POC: Kee Palopo



Regional Modeling and Simulation Partners Meeting
September 30, 2020

NASA’s Regional Modeling and Simulation work is underway to aid local communities in decision-making for the placement of Urban Air Mobility (UAM)/Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) vehicle take-off and landing areas, called Vertiports. The modeling tool aids in the selection of multiple Vertiport locations in a given region, and the simulation system supports the assessment of UAM vehicle flight parameters between those locations. NASA is currently working with several active partners, including the Los Angeles (LA) Department of Transportation (DOT) and City of LA Planning Department, and the Ohio DOT and City of Columbus Planning Department. On September 25, 2020, a virtual introductory meeting was held with representatives from these locations. The focus of the meeting was on planning, infrastructure, modeling, and regulatory issues, and participants discussed their vertiport siting challenges, their respective approaches to those challenges, and the utility of the NASA prototype tool in that process. Future meetings are planned, including a NASA-hosted User Work Group meeting.


POC: Kapil Sheth



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