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Software Tool for Significantly Increasing Airport Throughput

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
95543
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
095182
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
A3
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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 1
Fiscal Year: 2010
Title: Software Tool for Significantly Increasing Airport Throughput
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CE85P
Award Amount: $99,892.00
 

Abstract:

NASA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Airportal effort seeks to optimize aircraft surface movements through approaches that could double or triple airport and metroplex throughput. This goal can only be achieved through accurate modeling of airport/metroplex throughput, identifying the real causes of bottlenecks (not simply those that are politically palatable), proposing an innovative solution to eliminate these bottlenecks, and developing performance metrics that actually capture when the innovative solution is working and any corrective actions that may be required. The proposed innovation by Metron Aviation consists of the following components: (1) Accurate model of airport throughput taking into account aircraft and gate attributes (2) Virtual sequencing and scheduling program: Virtual queue based on aircraft type, scheduled departure time, and air carrier constraints; Aircraft virtual departure sequence prior to pushback based on the minimum time to drain a virtual queue by taking into account wake vortex constraints, (3) Increased Situational awareness and communications among ground/metering, local, and ramp controllers, and (4) Airport throughput performance metrics. Overall, this Metron Aviation innovation provides a software tool that will improve airport situational awareness, the reduction/elimination and management of potential surface flow bottlenecks that lead to a significant improvement in airport throughput.

Principal Investigator:

Frederick J. Foreman
Principal Investigator
7032340738
foreman@metronaviation.com

Business Contact:

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

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

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