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ATM-X Contractor Team Conducts Expert Interviews for ETM Market Study
February 1, 2022

To ensure the success of research in Upper Class E airspace traffic management, the Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) Project’s xTM Sub-Project awarded a task to LMI in late 2021 for conducting studies to gather knowledge and information on the Upper Class E Traffic Management (ETM) market. On January 14, 2022, the team consisting of LMI, Crown, Georgia Tech, and GRA, Inc. debriefed NASA on the results of their ETM market research to further understand the current and future opportunities associated with high-altitude operations and the risks and barriers for realizing those opportunities. The midterm results updated the xTM team’s knowledge of high-altitude operations previously obtained through earlier outreach activities, including table-top exercises, industry tag-ups, and workshops. These results and updated knowledge are critical for the xTM team to develop use cases and scenarios for future ETM simulations and research.

POC: Jaewoo Jung, Min Xue

DIP Holds “DIP for Service Providers” Workshop
February 1, 2022

On January 21, 2022, the ATM-X Project’s Digital Information Platform (DIP) Subproject held its second workshop, in a series of workshops, titled “DIP for Service Providers.” There was an increase in registered participants and attendees saw how the DIP architecture supports the onboarding process as well as how NASA services are planned to be made available via the DIP platform. Service providers were able to ask questions about the registration process and discuss use cases for registering different types of services (e.g., single microservice versus bundle of services). The DIP Workshop series intends to provide a closer look at some of the core features being developed by the DIP team. These workshops will give insight into DIP development, technology, and assumptions as well as providing a forum for engaging with the DIP team to pose questions and provide feedback on proposed designs. There will be several workshops within this series spanning a variety of topics. For future announcements of additional workshops, visit the DIP homepage:

POC: Mirna Johnson

DIP Makes Progress on CDDR Service Development
February 1, 2022

The ATM-X Project’s DIP Subproject team continues to make progress on the development of the Collaborative Digital Departure Rerouting (CDDR) service for the Sustainable Aviation demonstration of DIP. The team has completed a Traffic Management Initiative (TMI) integration service to improve the reroute recommendations from CDDR. To further inform platform feature requirements, services such as the microservices used in CDDR, will share quality metrics through the platform, so consumers can confidently discover and select services most appropriate for their specific use cases. The team has prototyped accuracy and quality of service metrics to evaluate which ones are valuable in this decision-making process. The software team has also developed upgrades to CDDR with a Trajectory Option Set (TOS) Mode Management capability to adapt to the varying responsibilities users have based on the site or region. In one site, a Center controller may approve reroute requests, whereas another site would have a terminal controller approve. The TOS Mode Management allows for easy adaptation that will be necessary as DIP eventually moves from the North Texas area in FY22–23 to a more complex airspace in FY24.

POC: Mirna Johnson

PAAV Meets with Aurora/Boeing
February 1, 2022

On January 21, 2022, ATM-X Deputy Project Manager for Technology, Kurt Swieringa, and the ATM-X Project’s Pathfinding for Airspace with Autonomous Vehicles (PAAV) Subproject management team, Arwa Aweiss, Rich Coppenbarger, and Tod Lewis, met with representatives from Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing-owned company, to discuss a potential flight demonstration collaboration. A draft annex of a Space Act Agreement was reviewed and agreed upon between the teams. The annex will get circulated among Aurora and ATM-X Project leadership for one final review before being sent to the NASA Partnership and Legal Offices and Aurora/Boeing legal for final review and initiation of the next step in the process.

POC: Arwa Aweiss, Kurt Swieringa

DIP Conducts TIM with the FAA on Quality of Service and SWIM Information Management Panel
February 1, 2022

On January 26, 2022, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the ATM-X Project’s DIP Subproject team met for a Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) to discuss standardization of Quality of Services (QoS) information. The FAA walked through the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Information Management Panel (IMP) service registration guidance and reviewed the definition for QoS that the FAA and ICAO are working to distribute globally. DIP also shared its approach to service registration and additional metrics that stakeholders would like to see included in the set of quality information for registered services. This TIM was very valuable for exchanging information that can be leveraged for further DIP development, aligning on the QoS concept, and identifying mutually beneficial areas to further direct our engagements.

POC: Mirna Johnson

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