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UC Berkeley and Stanford University Collaborations Support UTM
October 1, 2015

On September 22, 2015, Professor Claire Tomlin from UC Berkeley and Professor Mykel Kochenderfer from Stanford University updated the Aviation Systems Division's University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) staff on their separation-assurance work supporting the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) subproject.
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Aviation Systems Division hosts FAA's Environment and Energy Visitors
October 1, 2015

The Aviation Systems Division hosted two members from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Environmental Policy and Operations Division, from the Office of Environment and Energy, Mr. Stephen Merlin and Mr. Chris Dorbian, on September 22, 2015.
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Optimized Route Capability (ORC) Workshop at Ames
October 1, 2015

On September 23-24, 2015, the Division hosted visitors from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) to coordinate efforts leading up to the completion of the first phase of Optimized Route Capability (ORC) development.
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NRA First-Year Review of “Intent-Based Data Mining for Identifying and Classifying Conflict Detection and Resolution from Historical Aircraft Track Data”
October 1, 2015

On September 25, 2015 researchers from Optimal Synthesis Inc. and Purdue University presented their progress in the first year of a three year NASA Research Announcement (NRA) designed to identify and classify controller intervention in historical aircraft track data.
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NASA Ames Hosts Second Technical Interchange Meeting on Surface Collaborative Decision Making
October 1, 2015

NASA Ames Research Center hosted the second Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) on the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Surface Collaborative Decision Making (S-CDM) prototype software system, as part of the Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) project on September 22-23, 2015.
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NRA First-Year Review of “Accelerating ATM into the Cloud”
October 1, 2015

The Mosaic ATM / Harris Corporation team presented a review of their NASA Research Announcement (NRA) first year's work and second year plans on accelerating air traffic management (ATM) into the cloud.
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NASA Attendance at BADA User Group Meeting
September 24, 2015

Aviation Systems Division staff attended the meeting, which included presentations on research and applications of BADA, as well as future additions to BADA with Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) models for the Global Hawk and Predator, a standalone trajectory calculator, and a dedicated helicopter model.
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Federal Express Team Visits Aviation Systems Division
September 24, 2015

Members of the FedEx Air Traffic Operations, Flight Technical, and Global Operations Control organizations visited the Aviation Systems Division on September 17, 2015.
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ATD-2 Technology Familiarization Meeting at NTX
September 24, 2015

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On September 16-17, 2015 the NASA North Texas Research Station (NTX) (Fort Worth, Texas) hosted a technology familiarization meeting for the Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) project.
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Interchange with FAA on processes, procedures, and policy for departure metering
September 24, 2015

NASA's Airspace Technology Demonstration-2 (ATD-2) researchers met with representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) Surface Efficiency Office (SEO), September 16-17, 2015 at NASA Ames Research Center to gain insight into processes, procedures, and policy (P3) relevant to the project.
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Katharine Lee: Bringing more efficient landings to congested airports
September 17, 2015

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Our very own deputy division chief, Kathy Lee, is featured in an article by the Washington Post and on the Women@NASA website.
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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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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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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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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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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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NASA is developing the Precision Departure Release Capability (PDRC), which automates portions of the Tactical Departure Scheduling process.
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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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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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FY2014 Highlights
Our technical and other highlights for fiscal year 2014.
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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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