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ATM-X/FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center Conduct TIM
February 22, 2022

On February 17, 2022, representatives from NASA’s Air Traffic Management Exploration Project (ATM-X) held a Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) with staff from the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center to discuss related work and collaboration opportunities for the integration of increasingly autonomous aircraft in airspace shared with conventional aircraft. An overview of the ATM-X Pathfinding for Airspace with Autonomous Vehicles (PAAV) Subproject was presented, and touchpoints were identified.

POC: Kurt Swieringa

Two ATM-X Teams Receive 2021 NASA Group Honor Awards
February 22, 2022

In February 2021, the ecoDemonstrator Tailored Arrivals Manager team received a 2021 NASA Group Achievement award. The team was recognized for its work in advancing the state of the art in airspace management technologies by field testing advanced NASA technologies with the Boeing EcoDemonstrator aircraft. Tailored Arrivals Manager relies on NASA’s Autoresolver algorithm to compute fuel-efficient trajectory solutions that ensure separation while also managing time-based metering constraints. Autoresolver is designed to support dense and complex future traffic levels that will require increasingly autonomous air traffic management solutions to ensure safety and efficiency. The Tailored Arrivals Manager was used in ecoDemonstrator flights where trajectory-based advisories were sent to a Boeing 737-Max aircraft using digital data communications.

The ATM-X Increasingly Diverse Operations (IDO) team also received a 2021 NASA Group Achievement Award. The team was recognized for demonstrating resilience, ingenuity, and dedication to complete data collection to contribute to an Agency Performance Indicator (API) using the Integrated Demand Management (IDM) concept. The IDM concept improves the ability to match air traffic demand to reduced capacity. The onset of the pandemic forced the team to be both flexible and innovative in order to develop a plan for data collection that was feasible given restricted access to the center for both developers and subjects. The team conceived of an alternate plan that, with some work on the part of the developers, would allow them to use a skeleton crew onsite to present and collect feedback on various scenarios remotely. Despite these challenges, the team stayed focused and resilient and provided important results to the project, enabling completion of an important milestone.

POC: William Chan

ATM-X UAM Secure Airspace Immutable Secure Data Exchange Completes Key Step
February 22, 2022

This past week, The ATM-X Project’s Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Subproject Secure Airspace effort successfully completed another step towards developing a technique to ensure secure data exchange and storage capability for UAM environments. This work leverages blockchain technology as a possible solution to secure information across the decentralized service based UAM systems. This work completes a UAM milestone, where a blockchain-based secure data exchange model was developed and tested in simulation, based on two use cases applicable to UAM environments.

POC: Kenneth Freeman

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