NAMS supports NASA in conducting air traffic management (ATM) research and development to help achieve the NextGen Air Transportation System. NAMS tasks support NextGen tools being developed by Aviation Systems division for supporting ATD-2, ATD-3 (DWR, DRAW), Trajectory Based Operations (TBO), Unmanned Aerial System in the National Airspace System (UAS in the NAS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Traffic Management (UTM) projects. Most of this development will be accomplished using a combination of existing tools such as CTAS, FACET or ACES, and new tools such as the Shadow Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for NAS (SMART-NAS) testbed, that is currently being developed.
The ultimate goals behind these research and development activities under NAMS are:
Aerospace Systems tasks encompass the following focus areas:
Our researchers are creating and testing concepts that will enable the NAS to safely and efficiently meet projected increases in the demand and complexity of today’s and tomorrow’s commercial air traffic, as well as accommodate novel new aircraft and flying vehicles. This research requires the integration of information technology, and the possible benefits of other technologies are also being explored. Work in this area is expected to grow to meet the needs of the National Airspace System.
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