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NASA and DLR Collaborate to Explore the UAM Network Management Concepts
March 3, 2021

In September 2020, NASA and the German Aerospace Center (DLR - Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt) began a collaboration under the Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) project to explore topics related to the development of a future airspace system that enables a diverse set of operations, including thin-haul aircraft, various sizes of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Urban Air Mobility (UAM), and supersonic transport, in a scalable, flexible, and resilient manner that ensures safety and security for both existing and new users.

As part of this collaborative effort, a joint team for the UAM Network task under the UAM Foundational Research work package is evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages of different UAM network designs, network scheduling algorithms, and UAM demand prediction models. Since the kick-off meeting in September 2020, the NASA-DLR UAM Network task team has met monthly to focus on UAM network concept design and related information.

At the most recent meeting in February 2021, NASA and DLR chose Dallas/Fort Worth (TX) and Hamburg, Germany, respectively, as the target metropolitan areas for collaborative study. This collaboration team will continue to engage in technical discussions on common assumptions, requirements, congestion control approaches, and performance metrics. Reference scenarios for these selected cities will be developed and used in simulations to evaluate the performance of different network designs under various conditions.


POC: Hanbong Lee



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