WINDSUN: Weather INformation Display Systems for UAS in the NAS

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CA18P
Agency Tracking Number: 125375
Amount: $122,033.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: A2.01
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
MA, Woburn, MA, 01801-1765
Duns: 967259946
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ronald Storm
 Director of Dayton Operations
 (937) 490-8018
Business Contact
 Thomas McKenna
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2443
Research Institution
NASA is leading a large-scale effort to conduct research, develop standards, and integrate technologies to facilitate the insertion of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). One area of development to support this effort is the adaptation of existing weather technologies for manned cockpits for use in UAS ground control stations (GCSs). However, the lack of a defined concept of operations (ConOps) and specific GCS technologies for UAS integration in the NAS present challenges for proposed weather information systems. Aptima proposes to develop WINDSUN (Weather Information Display System for UAS in the NAS) as a flexible system architecture and innovative library of platform-agnostic interaction methods to support integration with various ConOps and GCS technologies. A successful Phase I effort will include: (1) a use case with a ConOps to define the core set of tasks around which the design is built; (2) an innovative system architecture that is adaptable to multiple workflows; (3) user interface designs for interaction and visualization; (4) a demonstrable proof of concept physical prototype; and (5) transition plans (implementation, evaluation, and commercialization) for WINDSUN. Phase II efforts, including (1) GCS integration, (2) experimental evaluation, and (3) transition to operational environments.

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