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Shakedown Flight Simulation with FAA in Preparation for ecoDemonstrator 2020 Trials
July 11, 2019

Inside of the FAA Tech Center flight simulator
FAA Tech Center Simulator

On July 2, 2019, an initial piloted, shakedown simulation was successfully completed between the NASA Testbed and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) Cockpit Simulation facility (CSF).
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NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Completes Technical Capability Level 4 Testing in Reno, NV
July 1, 2019

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Four Drones Flying Over Reno, NV

The UTM Project completed its Technical Capability Level 4 (TCL 4) flight tests in Reno, Nevada over a two-week period, June 17-28, 2019.
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Aviation Systems Division Participates in the 2019 USA/Europe Air Traffic Management Research and Development (R&D) Seminar (ATM 2019)
June 27, 2019

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UAM Panelists: Munish Khurana (Eurocontrol), Natesh Manikoth (FAA), Joerg Mueller (Airbus), John Hansman (MIT), Francois Sillion (Uber Elevate), Parimal Kopardekar (NASA), Markus Klopf (Frequentis), Sandy Lozito (NASA)

The 13th USA/Europe Air Traffic Management (ATM) Research and Development (R&D) Seminar was held in Vienna, Austria from June 17-21, 2019. There were over 60 technical presentations in several ATM research themes including trajectory management, weather, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
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Aviation Systems Division Participates in the AIAA Aviation 2019 Conference
June 27, 2019

The 2019 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aviation Conference held June 17-21 in Dallas, Texas, included numerous contributions from the Aviation Systems Division.
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Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM) Flight Demonstration Begins in Reno, Nevada
June 20, 2019

Downtown Reno, Nevada Test Range, with NIAS Command Center location in Building at right
Downtown Reno, Nevada Test Range, with NIAS Command Center location in Building at right

The NASA UTM team began Technical Capability Level (TCL) 4 flight demonstration testing on June 17, 2019 at the Nevada UAS test site in downtown Reno, Nevada.
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Urban Air Mobility (UAM) panel at the Uber Elevate
June 20, 2019

Uber Elevate panelists, moderated by Tom Prevot (l) and including Sandy Lozito, AF Division chief (2nd from right) sitting on stage in front of an audience
Uber Elevate panelists, moderated by Tom Prevot (l) and including Sandy Lozito, AF Division chief (2nd from right)

Uber Elevate hosted its third annual summit, June 11-12, 2019, in Washington, DC. Aviation Systems Division Chief, Sandy Lozito, participated in a panel on “Urban Airspace Operations, from Concepts to Reality.”
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Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Cognitive Walkthrough
June 20, 2019

A cognitive walkthrough was conducted by the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) subproject researchers on June 5-6, 2019, to evaluate potential UAM operations at a conceptual level with three Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) subject matter experts (SMEs) sponsored by the FAA NextGen Office.
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NASA ATD-2, Phase 3, Safety Risk Management (SRM) Meeting
June 13, 2019

On June 11, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hosted an SRM meeting to assess the potential risks of utilizing the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) Metroplex Planner, which is scheduled to begin testing in the North Texas area beginning in mid-July, 2019.
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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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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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Airspace Technology Demonstration-3 (ATD-3 will improve efficiency and throughput in the en route and arrival phases of flight by integrating ground and flight deck technologies that continuously seek and identify more efficient routes around adverse weather and other airspace constraints.
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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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