NASA SBIR 2011 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 11-1 A5.01-9417
SUBTOPIC TITLE: UAS Integration in the NAS
PROPOSAL TITLE: A UAS-ATC Simulation Test-Bed

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
SANDIA RESEARCH CORPORATION
5810 South Sossaman Road, Suite 108
Mesa, AZ 85212 - 5825
(480) 988-1000

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Steven M Shope
sshope@sandiaresearch.com
5810 South Sossaman Road Suite 108
Mesa, AZ 85212 - 5825
(480) 988-1000

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 5
End: 6

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The proposed solution is to create a high fidelity simulation environment that merges a UAS ground control station (GCS) simulator with an air traffic control (ATC) simulator. The UAS GCS station will have the capability of introducing a single UAS or multiple UASs simulator operated by a single and/or multiple UAS pilots into the ATC. This simulation will have the ability to simulate manned aircraft, among others in the airspace. It will allow the UAS GCS to communicate with ATC as well as other manned aircraft through the use of a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) based intercom system. In addition to voice communications, a text-based chat system may also be utilized for communication among the different operators. Information regarding position and altitude for all aircraft will be available to the UAS GCS, ATC, as well as manned aircraft. The ATC simulator will be able to relay information regarding the position of other aircraft within 5nm horizontal and 1200 feet vertical separation to the UAS GCS through formatted messages.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The primary application of UAS-ATC Test-Bed will allow researchers to test and evaluate a wide variety of issues surrounding the integration of UAS into the National Airspace System. This test-bed will provide a rich environment for researchers to evaluate many important research questions such as:
1. Testing of UAS in the NAS and NextGen concepts of operation
2. Testing of system resilience given off-nominal events
3. Evaluation of technological innovations
4. Training evaluations

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
There is forecast to be an explosive growth of UAS operations in the United States. This will range from military, law enforcement, agriculture, border patrol, etc just to name a few applications. The commercial potential of our technology will consist of future versions of our UAS STE that can be integrated into other simulations systems to evaluate, in a scientific valid manner, the effectiveness of UAS:
1. Training Regimes
2. User Interfaces
3. Procedures
4. Integration into the NAS
5. Regulations
6. Recurrence Training
7. Operator Mission Essential Competencies (MEC)
8. Adaptive Operator Training
9. Payload Operator Training

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.)
Aerodynamics
Air Transportation & Safety
Autonomous Control (see also Control & Monitoring)
Avionics (see also Control and Monitoring)
Coding & Compression
Intelligence
Man-Machine Interaction
Perception/Vision
Recovery (see also Vehicle Health Management)
Robotics (see also Control & Monitoring; Sensors)


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