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National Campaign Dry Run Build #1 Initial Flights
October 28, 2020

Map of California highlighting NASA ARC in the North and NASA AFRC in the South. NASA ARC points to a photo of its Airspace Operations Lab. NASA AFRC points to a photo of its Mission Control Center.

The Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign (NC) initiated the Dry Run Build #1 flight activities on September 30 – October 1, 2020, with a series of initial flights to assess and verify the Flight Test Infrastructure under development. Dry Run Build 1 will fly a representative AAM vehicle at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) to exercise the technology, processes, and operational implications of the ecosystem that NASA will provide to partners in preparation for Developmental Test and NC-1 flight tests. During the initial flights, testing included the integrated flight test infrastructure, such as the AFRC Mission Control Center (MCC), Airspace Test Infrastructure (ATI), and a data pipeline, to ensure collection and management of the appropriate data needed to develop certification and policy evolution with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Using a TG-14 aircraft as a representative vehicle, initial connectivity was assessed between the AFRC MCC, an Automated Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) ping station, ADS-B receiver installed at AFRC, ATI software components in the MCC and at Ames Research Center (ARC), and the data pipeline via the cloud infrastructure. The aircraft flew the routes planned for Dry Run, and enabled assessments of connectivity, operational and data collection processes, as well as test pilot familiarization with the airspace.

POC: Shivanjli Sharma

ADS-B Coverage on September 31, 2020. Orange indicates fewer data points per second than grey or green.

Photo of the Mission Control Center at Armstrong Flight Research Center
Mission Control Center at Armstrong Flight Research Center

ATD-2 Ramp Management Tool features included in Aerobahn User Tool for TFDM
October 28, 2020

Screenshot of Aerobahn User Tool
Aerobahn Ramp Display: The main display of the user tool consists of surface metering statistics, a flight table, and a map display. The flight table lists the flights affected by the surface metering program (SMP) and allows the airport ramp personnel to monitor the status of each departure flight, update EOBTs, or submit substitution requests to TFDM. The map display shows aircraft parked at gates and taxiing on the surface.

NASA’s Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) researchers participated in the second Aerobahn Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM) Workshop, hosted by Saab Sensis Corporation, on October 21, 2020. Saab Sensis is developing a tool powered by their Aerobahn product to provide users with an interface to communicate with TFDM. The Workshop included major airlines and airports, future TFDM users in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) early TFDM implementation waterfall, who provided updates and feedback on the user tool. The designs of the ATD-2 ramp traffic console (RTC) and ramp manager traffic console (RMTC) have been transferred to the FAA and industry as part of ATD-2 technology transfer over the past 5 years. Saab Sensis incorporated features from NASA’s ATD-2 RTC/RMTC display in the Aerobahn user tool, including the surface metering indicator and flight data tag. During the Workshop, Saab Sensis demonstrated the tool using simulated traffic of Los Angeles airport. The Aerobahn tool also updates the airline’s Earliest Off-Block Times (EOBTs) and substitution requests for surface metering programs and displays Target Off-Block Times (TOBTs) and Target Movement Area Entry Times (TMATs) generated by TFDM. A follow-on meeting for the various stakeholders is planned for early 2021.

POC:Yoon Jung

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