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User Evaluation of NASA Regional Modeling and Simulation Technology at Ohio Department of Transportation
December 1, 2021

NASA’s Regional Modeling and Simulation (RMS) effort has created technology to benefit local communities in assessing Urban/Advanced Air Mobility (UAM/AAM) electric vehicle take-off and landing sites, called Vertiports. This patent-pending technology called Vertiport Assessment and Mobility Operations System (VAMOS!) has been under development for about two years. NASA is working with several partners, one of the first being the UAS Center of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). During the week of November 15-19, Dr. Sheth conducted a user evaluation of this technology at the ODOT office in Columbus, OH. In attendance were representatives from ODOT, City of Columbus, City of Springfield, City of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Airport Operations, and Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments. The attendees were excited about the technology and “see it as a way to find out where [siting] makes sense and then zone accordingly.” The attendees wanted to know how to obtain this technology from NASA and what support is available. A meeting was also held with the Michigan DOT. Six members flew in for a day from Lansing in the MDOT plane to attend this meeting with NASA. They have made tremendous progress with the technology and have added a full adaptation for the City of Ann Arbor. There were requests for releasing a version of the technology for licensing purposes. This was the final visit to complete the user evaluation. A report will be produced to capture the comments and lessons learned from these activities.



Figure 1: The user evaluation session with participants discussing NASA VAMOS technology at the Springfield Airport in Ohio. The VAMOS display is on the overhead monitor.



Figure 2: One of the potential vertiport sites at the Springfield Airport. An AAM vehicle landing and take-off pad is overhead and converted shipping containers (below) provide an area for passengers, pilots, and controllers.



Figure 3: The user evaluation session with Michigan and Ohio DOT participants at the UAS Center in Columbus, OH. The VAMOS display with Ann Arbor adaptation is on the screen.


POC: Kapil Sheth



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