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ATD-2 Surface Human-in-the-Loop Shakedown Simulation
May 4, 2016

The Airspace Technology Demonstration (ATD)-2 subproject completed a human-in-the-loop (HITL) shakedown simulation the week of April 25, 2016 in NASA Ames Research Center's FutureFlight Central (FFC).
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UAS in the NAS Demonstration at AUVSI
May 4, 2016

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) project teams participated at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 2016 Xponential conference in New Orleans, LA, May 3-5, 2016.
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Collaborative Decision-Making (CDM) Meeting
May 4, 2016

Kapil Sheth, Shawn Engelland and Connie Brasil attended the FAA's Collaborative Decision-Making (CDM) Spring meeting on April 20, 2016, held at the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport in Texas.
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Mueller Successfully Defends Ph.D. Thesis
May 4, 2016

Eric Mueller, Aerospace Engineer in the Flight Trajectory Dynamics and Controls Branch (Code AFT) within the Aviation Systems Division (Code AF), successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis before an audience of 50+ friends, family, students, NASA colleagues and his thesis committee members at Stanford University's Durand Hall on April 29, 2016.
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UAS in the NAS Outreach
April 28, 2016

Team members from the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) project participated in an outreach workshop for high school freshman students from Lancaster High School (Lancaster, CA).
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UTM National Campaign
April 25, 2016

On April 19th, NASA conducted a major test of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) prototype at Ames Research Center.
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FEATURED RESEARCH
ATD-1
ATM Technology Demonstration-1 (ATD-1) will showcase an integrated set of NextGen technologies that provide an efficient arrival solution for managing aircraft beginning from just prior to top-of-descent and continuing down to the runway.
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ATD-2
Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) integrates arrival, departure, and surface (IADS) concepts and technologies to demonstrate the benefits of an IADS traffic management system for Metroplex environments.
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DWR
NASA is developing a ground-based automation system and tool called Dynamic Weather Routes (DWR). DWR is a search engine that continuously and automatically analyzes in-flight aircraft in en route airspace to find time- and fuel-saving corrections to weather avoidance routes. Route corrections are simple reroutes like those typically used in today's operations.
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EDA
The Efficient Descent Advisor (EDA) is a tool for air traffic controllers that synchronizes the descents of all arrival aircraft so that each can maintain a continuous descent approach that minimizes noise and emissions while avoiding other traffic and maximizing runway throughput.
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FACET
The Future ATM Concepts Evaluation Tool (FACET) equips ATM researchers and service providers with a way to explore, develop and evaluate advanced air transportation concepts before they are field-tested and eventually deployed.
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PDRC
NASA is developing the Precision Departure Release Capability (PDRC), which automates portions of the Tactical Departure Scheduling process.
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SARDA
The Spot and Runway Departure Advisor (SARDA) is a tool that will help to shorten the amount of time an aircraft spends taxiing before takeoff to alleviate some of the congestion on the airport surface. Reduced taxi times will help to eliminate unnecessary fuel burn, resulting in fewer emissions and less impact on the environment.
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FEATURED RESEARCH
NextGen is here.
NASA's ATM Research
NASA is conducting air traffic managment (ATM) research and development to help achieve the Next Generation Air Transportation System.
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NextGen Technologies
Here are a few of the NextGen tools in development by the Aviation Systems Division:
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Airfield Safety Studies
FutureFlight Central conducted a series of simulations in August 2009 to address safety issues concerning the existing and future operation of the north airfield at LAX.
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24 Hours of Traffic in the NAS
This animation shows all aircraft flying over the United States during a 24-hour period on a typical day and shows the impact of severe weather on traffic in the New York area.
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