NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-1 A3.01-9899
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Concepts and Technology Development (CTD)
PROPOSAL TITLE: A METHOD FOR ASSESSING AIRSPACE EFFICIENCY IN SUPER DENSITY OPERATIONS USING AN AIRSPACE PHASE STATE APPROACH

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
NextGen AeroSciences, LLC
205 Skimino Landing Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23188 - 2251
(757) 207-0966

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Bruce J Holmes
Bruce.Holmes@NextAero.com
205 Skimino Landing Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23188 - 2251
(757) 207-0966

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 4

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
One of the challenges to assessing NextGen operational improvements in the National Airspace System (NAS) lies in the ability to understand and measure the efficiencies associated with new concepts and technologies, including the effects of integrating traffic controls for the most optimal results. Existing approaches for studying air traffic management concepts have explored methods for understanding airspace complexity based on flight path geometries, airspace architectures, and pilot/controller workloads. These approaches have been largely based on phenomenological and heuristic studies that provide important, but limited, understanding of causal factors and minimum predictive power over long look-ahead times. The recent development of dynamic trajectory algorithms by NextGen AeroSciences, LLC (NextAero) provides the ability to compute the phase states of the airspace in future time, based on principles from traffic physics, phase transitions, and the science of Complex Adaptive Systems. In a Phase I project, NextAero proposes to establish the feasibility of phase state analysis as a tool for assessing the benefits of NextGen concepts in the densest airspace. If shown to be feasible, this computational tool will provide a viable means of computing, predicting, and managing airspace phase states from satisfiable (uncongested) to unsatisfiable (congested) conditions, as affected by various NextGen concepts.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NextGen research applications by NASA, including trajectory-based operational airspace studies, dynamic airspace design concept evaluations, NextGen airspace procedures concept evaluations in modeling, simulation, and flight demonstrations

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Airline and Fractional/Business/Air Taxi applications, including use in Airline Operations or Operational Command Centers (AOCs, OCCs), for real-time fleet optimization and disruption recovery management
Flight Management Computers (FMC) applications, including airborne capabilities for 5DT optimization as an adjunct to ANSP and AOC/OOC solutions).
ANSP (U.S., EU, and others) operations, including incorporation of 5DT trajectory optimization capabilities in en route and terminal airspace controller tool sets.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Air Transportation & Safety
Analytical Methods
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Man-Machine Interaction
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Simulation & Modeling
Software Tools (Analysis, Design)
Transport/Traffic Control


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