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ATM-X CTM Sub-project Upper Class E Traffic Management (ETM) meeting with Industry and the FAA
December 16, 2020

The Collaborative Traffic Management (CTM) sub-project, Upper E Traffic Management (ETM) team met with representatives from the industry and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on December 10, 2020. This meeting was one in a series of gatherings to discuss and further develop ETM concepts. Discussions continued from the October 2020 meeting, and were focused on the industry’s approach to cooperative operational intent and conflict identification and negotiation for equitable access. A potential operational plan conflict scenario was presented involving a balloon and a High-Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aircraft with intended operations in the same airspace volume at the same time; potential resolutions were discussed. The groups also discussed NASA’s ETM modeling and Simulation efforts for next year. A follow-on meeting is tentatively scheduled for February 2021.

POC: Jaewoo Jung

ATM-X TestBed Completes IT-Cybersecurity Authorization to Operate
December 16, 2020

Screenshot of the TAM User Interface and the TestBed Traffic Viewer.
TestBed User Interface and Traffic Viewer

The Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) Project’s TestBed completed the approval process for IT/Cybersecurity Authorization to Operate (ATO) in December 2020. NASA requires ATOs for its IT Systems; the ATOs specify various degrees of rigor for the security safeguards that are designed, documented, deployed, and monitored. The safeguards provide a reasonable basis of assurance that any compromise of data confidentiality, integrity, or availability will have an acceptable level of impact on NASA’s image, assets, and operations. TestBed successfully passed its independent security audit and has been granted a one-year ATO.

TestBed is an ecosystem of software, computer systems, and network connectivity that provides a platform used to prepare, integrate components for, configure, and execute airspace simulations. The TestBed platform reduces the time, effort, and risk involved when working with simulations, and its capabilities can also be extended by, and shared with, the research community. TestBed can generate realistic simulation scenarios based on historical air traffic management (ATM) data. Using its graphical user interface, TestBed can configure, manage, and launch multiple ATM simulation software components in large, complex simulation configurations. TestBed has been used to connect multiple external partners to operate a virtual simulation together with a live flight vehicle.

Test Bed features a drag-and-drop graphical tool for designing a simulation from existing or new plug-and-play blocks representing shareable community technologies and tools.

POC: Alan Lee

NASA and Volpe Host First Technical Interchange Meeting for Noise Management of Urban Air Mobility
December 16, 2020

NASA and the Volpe Center hosted a virtual technical interchange meeting on December 10, 2020, to facilitate development of NASA’s AIRNOISE-UAM software and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) fleet noise prediction and mitigation. NASA introduced the Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) Project’s UAM sub-project goals, and the UAM noise research that will define airspace requirements to enable UAM Maturity Level-4 (UML-4) operational density and complexity. Volpe team members provided a preview of the AEDT 3D software that is planned for release in the coming months, with a focus on usability improvements and fleet and airport data updates. Volpe is investigating a number of noise research efforts for possible inclusion in future versions of AEDT that may be beneficial for UAM modeling. The two teams discussed AEDT-related research topics including potential noise data and computation updates for new vehicles such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)/UAM, and how AEDT and AIRNOISE-UAM could be used together to more effectively model and assess UAM fleet noise and develop effective mitigation strategies. The next technical interchange meeting is expected to take place in the spring of 2021.

POC: Hok Ng

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