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SATS Virtual Market Place Facilitating Traffic Flow Management

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNL04AA04C
Agency Tracking Number: 023753
Amount: $599,990.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2004
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
131 Elden Street, Suite 200
Herndon, VA 20170
United States
DUNS: 118463475
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Chris Brinton
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 234-0782
 brinton@metronaviation.com
Business Contact
 Seth Blackwell
Title: Business Official
Phone: (703) 234-0819
Email: blackwell@metronaviation.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

The Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) concept envisions a dramatic change in demand on National Airspace System (NAS) resources: a significantly increased number of flights operating as needed on Point-to-Point (PTP) routes with smaller aircraft. In addition to the increased demand on the NAS, the dynamic, ?on-demand?, nature of the SATS concept will present even greater challenges to the country?s Traffic Flow Management (TFM) system. The NAS regulates the flow of aircraft through TFM initiatives. However, the current TFM system does not perform well under uncertain demand patterns. The innovation proposed herein creates a website marketplace for providers and consumers of SATS services. More importantly, our innovation links the information from this SATS website to the Nation?s TFM system. Critical information regarding projected demand can be provided to the TFM system to allow the necessary management of the NAS. Advanced portions of this concept include interactivity between the SATS website and the TFM system to notify consumers of small aircraft transportation services regarding projected delays due to congestion along their requested route of flight at their requested flight time. In phase II of this effort, a human-in-the-loop simulation will be conducted using a prototype system to evaluate the concept.

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