AAM encompasses a wide variety of use cases, including medical transport, emergency response, law enforcement, passenger service, and cargo transport. Cities world-wide are mobilizing to attract AAM service providers with an expectation of economic and humanitarian benefits. However, these benefits accrue only if the AAM network supports viable business cases while meeting operational, regulatory, environmental, and community concerns. We propose to develop a platform to support AAM community integration studies, emphasizing business cases, intermodal connectivity, community and environmental concerns, and safety. This will require fusion of data and analysis tools such as: economic, demographic, terrain, weather, airspace, and vehicle performance.
We propose to build a framework for creating and evaluating plans to transition AAM from concept to implementation. We will partner with two leading firms to develop this toolset: one specializing in financial, economic, infrastructure, and demographic information to support business case analysis and investment requirements, and one specializing in environmental analysis to support noise and other environmental studies. Leveraging our expertise in airspace design and modeling, we will produce a toolset capable of creating and evaluating AAM implementation designs. The platform will be extensible through standard interfaces to incorporate other factors.
Our proposal responds to Topic A2.03, AAM Integration – specifically by establishing “…a set of tools that could be utilized by local community stakeholders to support the planning, public acceptance, and analysis of various design options to incorporate AAM into the local or regional transportation system,” by providing urban regions with a capability to develop a preliminary design for AAM according to local objectives and constraints. This proposal amplifies the impact of ARMD’s AAM Mission by providing a mechanism to highlight the value of NASA-developed technology.
This capability can help guide NASA research opportunities. Analysis enabled by this tool would highlight the challenges and benefits of AAM implementation plans, helping focus R&D and increase the impact of NASA’s contributions. Potential NASA users include:
This capability can support city, state, and local governments interested in implementing AAM to develop robust designs that promote public and economic benefits and successful businesses. Local and state governments can realize a coherent, interoperable business and regulatory environment. AAM operators and infrastructure investors will be able to optimize services and manage risk.