Software Tool for Significantly Increasing Airport Throughput

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Amount:
$99,892.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
NNX10CE85P
Solitcitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
095182
Solicitation Topic Code:
A3.02
Small Business Information
Metron Aviation, Inc.
45300 Catalina Court, Suite 101, Dulles, VA, 20166-2335
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
118463475
Principal Investigator
 Bert Hackney
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 234-0761
 hackney@metronaviation.com
Business Contact
 Bruno Salamon
Title: Business Official
Phone: (703) 234-0819
Email: salamon@metronaviation.com
Research Institution
N/A
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.

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