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Air Traffic Management Research and Development (ATM R&D)

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Air Traffic Management Research and Development (ATM R&D) NASA has two Programs conducting ATM R&D. The Airspace Systems Program (ASP) is investing in the development, validation and transfer of advanced innovative concepts, technologies and procedures to support the development of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The Integrated Systems Research Program (ISRP) is conducting research at an integrated system-level on promising concepts and technologies and exploring, assessing or demonstrating their benefits in a relevant environment. All the investments include coordination with other NASA Programs and partnerships with other government agencies and joint activities with the U.S. aeronautics industry and academia. ASP develops and demonstrates future concepts, capabilities, and technologies that will enable major increases in air traffic management effectiveness, flexibility, and efficiency, while maintaining safety, to meet capacity and mobility requirements of NextGen. ISRP explores and assesses new vehicle concepts and enabling technologies through system-level experimentation and focuses specifically on maturing and integrating technologies in major vehicle systems/subsystems for accelerated transition to practical application. One of ISRP’s projects is the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration in the National Airspace System (NAS). The project's primary goal is to address technology development in five areas to reduce the technical barriers related to the safety and operational challenges of routine UAS operations in the NAS. These areas include seamless integration of separation assurance/sense and avoid interoperability, evaluating the workload impact to human UAS operators, demonstration of secure UAS command and control datalink, document requirements for and to create an appropriate test environment for evaluating UAS concepts. The A2 topic area solicits concepts that can reduce the technical barriers related to the safety and operational challenges of routine UAS operations in the NAS. Proposers interested in developing and validating innovative ATM concepts, technologies, and procedures to support the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) should refer to Select Topic E2.01, Air Traffic Management Research and Development.
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