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Dr. Joseph Rios Honored at 2020 Federal Employee of the Year Awards
February 26, 2021

Dr. Joseph Rios was one of seven employees from NASA Ames Research Center recognized at the San Francisco Federal Executive Board (SFFEB), 2020 Federal Employee of the Year Awards (FEYA), hosted in San Francisco. The SFFEB represents 160 agencies and 44,500 federal employees in the nine-county Bay Area. The Federal Employee of the Year Awards is the Bay Area federal community's acknowledgement of the extraordinary accomplishments of the nominees. Dr. Rios won in the Professional Engineering category for his work on Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM), and specifically, for “leading the technical development of a revolutionary approach to safely and efficiently integrating a new class of aircraft into our skies.”

ATD-2 and ATM-X DIP Brief the SWIM Industry-FAA Team (SWIFT) Community
February 26, 2021

NASA's Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) and Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) Digital Information Platform (DIP) subprojects briefed over 200 participants at the thirteenth meeting of the SWIM Industry-Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Team (SWIFT #13) on February 18, 2021. The FAA established SWIFT in response to industry requests and is a venue where participants can engage and learn about National Airspace System (NAS) System Wide Information Management (SWIM) data and information services, to improve system integration, automation, system interoperability, and communication networks. The ATD-2 team has presented at several SWIFT meetings, including a full-day session at SWIFT #6 in May 2019.

NASA ATD-2 was represented by Dr. Jeremy Coupe, who described the Machine Learning (ML) Airport Surface Model that is under development in a parallel effort to the Phase 3 Field Evaluation. The ML Airport Surface Model was designed to be a scalable replacement for the capabilities provided by NASA's Surface Trajectory Based Operations (STBO) subsystem, which is a component of the fielded Phase 3 System. The STBO subsystem relies heavily upon detailed adaptation, which defines the physical constraints and encodes Subject Matter Expert knowledge within decision trees, and creates a costly bottleneck to scaling the Phase 3 system across the NAS.

NASA's Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) Digital Information Platform (DIP) subproject was introduced to the SWIFT community by Mirna Johnson, the Subproject Manager, and lead of the subproject formulation. The presentation included the high-level goals and scope of the DIP subproject. Participants discussed how DIP can maintain and expand the partnership momentum fostered by ATD-2.

Both briefings were well received by the SWIFT community, and NASA looks forward to continued collaboration.

POC: Jeremy Coupe and Mirna Johnson

NASA Hosts UTM Technical Interchange Meeting
February 26, 2021

NASA hosted a one-day, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management Technical Interchange Meeting (UTM TIM) on February 23, 2021, to share insights on the research conducted and the lessons learned during the 6 years of the UTM project. The meeting featured 16 different speakers including NASA and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) leadership, with 11 in-depth technical presentations. The presentations covered the UTM project overview and history, and Concept and Use Cases. In addition, a panel of experts—internal and external to NASA—discussed the global impact of UTM. For this virtual event, 899 registered in advance across the globe, and during the Livestream, there were over 1673 playbacks (which are not unique viewers, but refer to the number of times a viewer starts watching the YouTube live video). During the peak viewing time, between 7:30–8:30 AM PT, there were 375 concurrent viewers. Materials from the meeting will be available at a future date at

POC: Jaewoo Jung

Joint Management Plan Established for National Campaign
February 26, 2021

A key baseline management document to formalize the collaboration between NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) organizations, supporting the National Campaign (NC) series, was established February 24, 2021. The Joint Management Plan (JMP) details the unique collaboration needed to ensure an integrated vehicle and airspace operational environment for the NC series, and involves extensive efforts on the part of two projects within two programs (the Integrated Aviation Systems Program’s (IASP’s) Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign Subproject, and the Airspace Operations and Safety Program’s (AOSP’s) Air Traffic Management – Exploration (ATM-X) Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Subproject). The JMP defines processes and establishes a joint approach for managing requirements, risks, schedule, and reviews. Specifically, the JMP will guide technical teams across programs in sharing requirements while also facilitating bi-directional software deliveries needed for the simulation and flight test infrastructure environments. This collaboration will enable testing of future operational constructs with the delivery of UAM airspace components for flight testing, as well as consistent data collection frameworks for simulation and flight activities. Through this collaboration, the subprojects will work together to benefit their respective objectives in support of ARMD’s vision to make possible a safe, economically sustainable, AAM transportation system.

POC: Shivanjli Sharma

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