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Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Integration into the NAS

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
095179
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
A3.01
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Metron Aviation, Inc.
45300 Catalina Court, Suite 101 Dulles, VA 20166-2335
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Integration into the NAS
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CA10C
Award Amount: $599,987.00
 

Abstract:

Technological innovations have enabled a wide range of aerial vehicles that can be remotely operated. Viable applications include military missions, law enforcement, border patrol, weather data collection, telecommunications, land use imaging, and cargo transport. NASA and other organizations have invested heavily in this unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) research. UAVs can be flown in the National Airspace System (NAS) today, but only with special permission from the FAAƂ? a process that often takes 60 to 90 days. Moreover, permission is often contingent on heavy restrictions, such as accompanying the UAV with a manned chase plane, thereby nullifying the cost savings of a UAV. Full fruition of UAV technology will require incorporation of UAVs into mainstream airtraffic management (ATM) practices, including traffic flow management flow control programs and possible creation of special use airspace (SUA). In this SBIR, we propose a UAV-to-traffic flow management (AIM-UAS) interface. This allows traffic managers to anticipate and track UAVs. In turn, this allows UAV operators to understand their impact on commercial air traffic and their involvement in traffic management activities.

Principal Investigator:

Robert L. Hoffman
Principal Investigator
7032340760
Robert.Hoffman@metronaviation.com

Business Contact:

Bruno Salamon
Business Official
7032340819
Bruno.Salamon@metronaviation.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Metron Aviation, Inc.
45300 Catalina Court, Suite 101 Dulles, VA 20166-2335

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