NASA SBIR 2012 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-1 A2.01-8521
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration into the National Airspace System Research
PROPOSAL TITLE: An Uninhabited Aerial System Safety Analysis Model (USAM)

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400
Rockville, MD 20855 - 2737
(301) 294-5221

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Vivek Kumar
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400
Rockville, MD 20855 - 2737
(301) 294-4761

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mark James
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400
Rockville, MD 20855 - 2737
(301) 294-5221

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 2

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration into the National Airspace System Research is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The National Airspace System (NAS) in the United States will become a complex array of commercial and general aviation aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems, reusable launch vehicles, rotorcraft, airports, air traffic control, weather services, and maintenance operations, among others. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) projects that by 2025 air traffic will increase by more than 50 percent with 1.1 billion passengers a year and more than 85,000 flights every 24 hours contributing to further delays and congestion in the sky. This increased system complexity necessitates the application of systematic safety risk analysis methods to understand and eliminate where possible, reduce, and/or mitigate risk factors. The product of this effort is the development of an Uninhabited Aerial System (UAS) safety analysis model, which hereafter is called USAM. The USAM effort proposed herein is an extension of current efforts underway by the UAS community, and it extends these efforts by incorporating UAS scenarios and encounter geometries to populate existing safety analysis models, thereby producing credible future UAS safety metrics

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
USAM will represent a valuable analysis tool that NASA researchers can use to assess the safety component of their proposed future NAS configurations, including future NextGen improvements. We believe that, in the very near future, all safety assessments will have to include a UAS component. The reason that they do not already require a UAS component is that a tool such as USAM does not exist. With the existence of USAM, safety analysis including UAS vehicles will become a possible, and ultimately required, part of all future NextGen analyses. The demand, therefore, by the research community for USAM is expected to be high.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Federal Aviation Adminstration (FAA). The FAA will require a system to methodically compute the probabilities of hull loss, separation violations, collisions, and the risk to the public, before approving any change to the NAS which allows UAS flights. A tool such as USAM plus other extant FAA analysis techniques will be needed to compute such an assessment.
Other government and commercial. Any government agency or commercial organization considering using UAS in the civilian airspace for their work—including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, local police departments, UAS manufacturers, UAS users, and so forth—will need a tool like USAM to assess the risk of each mission before flying them. With the information provided by USAM, such agencies can modify their flight plans if necessary or modify the parameters of the mission to ensure that the computed safety probabilities are within tolerable limits.

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
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)

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