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Grand Challenge Completes Internal Software-in-the-Loop Test for Development Test Flight Demonstrations
December 12, 2019

On December 4, 2019 the Grand Challenge (GC) Airspace Test Infrastructure (ATI) team conducted an internal software test as a first step in preparing for Grand Challenge Development Test (DT) Flight Demonstrations, scheduled for late summer 2020 at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) flight test range.
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TestBed and TAM showcased in New Jersey
December 4, 2019

Photo of the NASA ecoDemonstrator and TestBed team members at the National Aviation Research and Technology Park
NASA ecoDemonstrator and TestBed team members at the National Aviation Research and Technology Park

In coordination with the arrival of the 2019 Boeing Eco Demonstrator (ecoD) aircraft from Frankfurt, Germany to Atlantic City, New Jersey, TestBed and the Tailored Arrival Manager (TAM) were exhibited at the newly-founded National Aviation Research and Technology Park (NARTP) and the Atlantic City International Airport (ACY).
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NASA ATD-2 Phase 3 Flight Operator Meeting
December 4, 2019

Photo of participants of the ATD-2 flight operator meeting.

NASA’s Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team hosted a flight operator meeting on November 19, 2019, which was designed to continue the process of developing real-time metrics for the flight operators to use during the ATD-2 Phase 3 evaluation in 2020.
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UAS in the NAS Project, Flight Test 6 VIP Day
December 4, 2019

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TigerShark before sunrise

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) project held a VIP day at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center on November 13, 2019.
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US Patent Office Issues Research Patent
December 4, 2019

On November 12, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademarks Office issued Patent 10,475,34, titled, “Miles-in-Trail Passback Restrictions for Use in Air Traffic Management” to authors Dr. Kapil Sheth and Dr. Sebastian Gutierrez-Nolasco.
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NASA ATD-2 Supports Capitol Hill Outreach Activities
December 4, 2019

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ATD-2 Project Manager, Al Capps, meets with visitors at NASA's "Flight Night"

The NASA Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) team hosted visits with several Congressional offices to discuss the benefits that the ongoing demonstration is bringing to their constituencies at a Capitol Hill outreach event on November 20, 2019.
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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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ATM Test Bed
The Air Traffic Management (ATM) Test Bed is an inter-connected air traffic simulation test capability being developed by NASA to help accelerate the introduction of advanced technologies in the National Airspace System (NAS).
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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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Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2)
Airspace Technology Demonstration 2, or ATD-2, is the integration of existing and emerging NASA, FAA, and industry technologies to significantly benefit arrival, departure, and surface operations.
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Airspace Technology Demonstration 3 (ATD-3)
Airspace Technology Demonstration 3, or ATD-3, is the third in a series of NASA research projects developing decision support technologies to address the challenges of the National Airspace System.
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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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