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A Toolkit for UAM Communications Management

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: 80NSSC23CA122
Agency Tracking Number: 221460
Amount: $899,950.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: A3
Solicitation Number: SBIR_22_P2
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-06-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-06-14
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Fred Wieland
 (571) 223-7036
Business Contact
 Amy Heineman
Phone: (919) 422-8410
Research Institution

Air/Ground (AG) communications (AG Comm) are well established for traditional National Airspace System participants, but for the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) concept, the infrastructure, frequency bands, and related infrastructure build-outs are in their infancy. Initially, AAM pilots will be in the cockpit and AG Comm will use existing voice channels. However, for UAM Maturity Level 4 (UML-4) and onwards, vehicles are controlled by remote pilot. AG Comm will require higher bandwidths than AG Comm does today for transmitting video and reproducing the cockpit on the remote pilotrsquo;s workstation (a digital twin of the aircraft).TUCM targets this remote pilot concept, UML-4 and onwards. TUCM uses a combination of statistical and Machine Learning (ML) tools to estimate the signal strength as a vehicle traverses the airspace. The signal strength is a complicated function of direct line of sight, multipath interference due to reflections off the ground and nearby buildings, electromagnetic interference, and atmospheric effects. This problem is compounded by the movement of the vehicle.nbsp; The signal strength computations are then packaged into a marketable toolkit that can be inserted as a module into existing AAM management tools, AAM simulations, or used as a stand-alone tool for engineering and health checking of communication systems.nbsp; TUCMrsquo;s purpose is to increase the resiliency and reliability of AAM AG Comm.

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