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Sherlock ATM Data Warehouse Produces Analysis-ready, End-to-End Track and Flight Data for the Entire US Airspace
June 22, 2016

In a first for NASA, as of June 13, 2016, the AF Division’s Sherlock ATM (air traffic management) Data Warehouse now produces analysis-ready, end-to-end track and flight plan data for the entire US National Airspace System (NAS).
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NASA/FAA TBFM Integration Strategy Meeting
June 22, 2016

The NASA ATD-2 team met with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) organizations representatives in Washington, DC, June 16, 2016. + Learn more


Part-Task 6 Human-in-the-Loop Simulation of Detect-and-avoid Displays and Algorithms for UAS Integration in the National Airspace System
June 15, 2016

A human-in-the-loop simulation evaluation of detect-and-avoid (DAA) displays and algorithms that aid Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilots in remaining well clear of all traffic concluded data collection on June 14, 2016.
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UTM Wind Tunnel Test
June 01, 2016

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UTM Wind Tunnel Test team.

Published aircraft performance data for multicopter, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) vehicles, such as quadcopters and octocopters (often referred to collectively as drones), are currently lacking. With the rapidly increasing popularity of such vehicles, researchers, system designers, and operators need to develop better models to accurately predict their performance and model their trajectories.
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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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+ ATD-2
+ DWR
+ EDA
+ FACET
+ PDRC
+ SARDA
+ UTM

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FY2015 Highlights
Our technical and other highlights for fiscal year 2015.
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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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