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BBC filming of Lunar Lander Simulations in the Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS)
February 20, 2015

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Landing site for lunar lander in the VMS visual scene

NASA Ames recently collaborated with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in preparation for their new Spring 2015 segment of the TV series “Stargazing Live.”
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Global Challenges to Improve Air Navigation Performance
February 20, 2015

Dr. Banavar Sridhar, Senior Scientist for Air Transportation Systems at NASA Ames Research Center, attended the Global Challenges to Improve Air Navigation Performance Workshop organized by the NEXTOR Consortium and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) February 11-13, 2015 in Asilomar, CA.
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ICAO CAEP Aviation Environmental Impacts Seminar
February 20, 2015

Dr. Banavar Sridhar attended the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) Environmental Impacts Seminar, February 10-11, 2015 in Alexandria, VA.
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PDRC and DWR featured in NASA's “This Year@NASA” for 2014
December 19, 2014

Two new technologies in development in the Aviation Systems Division were featured in NASA's top stories of the year. Check it out, beginning at the 5:40 mark.


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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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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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+ DWR
+ EDA
+ FACET
+ PDRC
+ SARDA
+ UTM

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FY2014 Highlights
Our technical and other highlights for fiscal year 2014.
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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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