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Airport Surface Automation in the Absence of Surface Surveillance

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2005 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Metron Aviation, Inc.
VA Dulles, VA 20166-2335
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Airport Surface Automation in the Absence of Surface Surveillance
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNA05BE11C
Award Amount: $69,007.00


There is a very large variation in the difference between scheduled and actual flight arrival and departure times, which results in a high degree of uncertainty in the airport demand. Consequently, there is a great need for tools that provide awareness of both the current and predicted future situation. The Surface Management System (SMS) developed by NASA Ames has partially addressed this need; but both its display and its modeling currently assume that the locations of aircraft on the airport surface will be provided by surface surveillance. In this SBIR, Metron Aviation will study the prediction of airport demand with varying levels of surface surveillance. The Phase 1 objective is to demonstrate the feasibility of predicting, with limited or no surface surveillance, flight OOOI times accurately enough to enable airport surface automation. In Phase 2, we will investigate decision support display designs appropriate for the lack of surveillance and evaluate them at Atlanta.

Principal Investigator:

Laurel Stell

Business Contact:

Seth Blackwell
Director of Contracts
Small Business Information at Submission:

Metron Aviation, Inc.
131 Elden Street, Suite 200 Herndon, VA 20170

EIN/Tax ID: 311775336
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No