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Flight-Deck Interface for High-Precision Taxi Control

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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2006 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Optimal Synthesis, Inc.
95 First Street, Suite 240 Los Altos, CA 94022-2777
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Flight-Deck Interface for High-Precision Taxi Control
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNA06AA06C
Award Amount: $600,000.00


Faced with ever-increasing projections of air traffic, airport expansion plans, changes in operational requirements and introduction of advanced technologies are all being considered to increase airport capacity. These enhancements serve to improve throughputs at the airports, but the resulting increases in surface traffic and airport complexity would lead to taxi delays and surface traffic congestion that offset some of the expected benefits. New operational concepts are needed to preserve the envisioned benefits. A Surface Operation Automation Research (SOAR) project has been exploring a concept of collaborative automation between surface traffic management and the flight deck. The Phase I research represents a major step towards the concept of a Flight-deck Automation for Reliable Ground Operation (FARGO) system, with results that demonstrate the feasibility of guidance and control technologies to deliver high-precision taxi performance, and interface technologies capable of conveying guidance and control information to the flight crew to achieve the precise taxi control. The proposed Phase II effort focuses on the development of a complete FARGO system, including operational procedures, aircraft guidance and control reference and monitor displays, and traffic monitor display and alert systems. Efforts beyond Phase II should target the transition of the FARGO technologies to the avionics community.

Principal Investigator:

Victor Cheng
Principal Investigator

Business Contact:

Victor Cheng
Vice President
Small Business Information at Submission:

Optimal Synthesis Inc.
868 San Antonio Road Palo Alto, CA 94303

EIN/Tax ID: 770484755
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No