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AIRSPACE SYSTEMS PROGRAM
The Airspace Systems Program (ASP) performs foundational research to enable the development of revolutionary improvements to, and modernization of, the National Airspace System. This research allows existing aircraft to reduce their environmental impacts and the introduction of new systems for vehicles whose operation can take advantage of the improved, modern air traffic management system.

The benefit to the flying public from ASP research will be realized as a reduction in doorstep-to-destination trip duration and a cleaner environment. ASP research is focused to achieve the vision of Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) by developing capabilities that:
  • Accommodate projected growth in air traffic while preserving and enhancing safety.
  • Provide all airspace system users more flexibility and efficiency in the use of airports, airspace and aircraft.
  • Meet our civil aviation, national defense and homeland security needs as a national priority.
  • Maintain pace with a continually evolving scientific and technical environment.
ASP has a leadership role in NASA’s partnership with other agencies supporting the Joint Development and Planning Office (JPDO). NASA was designated a core government team member of the JPDO in Vision 100 Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (Public Law 108-176). Vision 100 established the JPDO to engage multiple agencies that would collaborate to plan, develop and implement NextGen. By law, the JPDO is comprised of members from the Departments of Transportation, Defense, Commerce and Homeland Security together with the Federal Aviation Administration and NASA. ASP works with all partner agencies of the JPDO as appropriate.

Airspace Systems Program Projects
+ Concepts and Technology Development Project
For questions about CTD, contact Rudy Aquilina.

+ Systems Analysis, Integration & Evaluation Project
For questions about SAIE, contact Mike Madson.

Airspace Systems in the News
+ Cockpit Software Could Help Pilots Plot Best Path
+ NASA Transfers Delay-Reducing Software to FAA
+ NextGen Takes Flight With Air Traffic Operations Lab Upgrades
+ Sector 33 Game App Goes Android



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Dynamic Weather Routes: Overview for Technology Transfer Webinar New!
April 29, 2014, 2:00-3:30 EST
Dynamic Weather Routes (DWR) is a ground-based automation system that continuously and automatically analyzes in-flight aircraft in en route airspace and proposes simple, high-value route corrections for more time- and fuel-efficient routes around convective weather. You can find more in-depth descriptions of this tool at the following website: http://www.aviationsystems.arc.nasa.gov/research/strategic/dwr.shtml

The webinar will describe the trajectory automation concept, the prototype system including the required input data feeds, potential benefits to airspace users, and results from operational testing at American Airlines.
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Airspace Systems Program Quarterly Newsletter
This newsletter reports on NASA airspace systems' research activities, presentations, partnerships and meetings.

FY 2013 Newsletters
+ October-December 2012 [PDF]
+ January-March 2013 [PDF]
+ April-June 2013 [PDF]


+ FY 2012 Newsletters (Click to open and close panel)
+ FY 2011 Newsletters (Click to open and close panel)
+ FY 2010 Newsletters (Click to open and close panel)

+ Airspace Systems Program Fact Sheet (2011) Updated
     + Airspace Systems Fact Sheet-Chinese [[中文] [PDF]
     + Airspace Systems Fact Sheet-Japanese [日本語] [PDF]
     + Airspace Systems Fact Sheet-Korean [한국어] [PDF]
     + Airspace Systems Fact Sheet-Spanish [en Español] [PDF]
     + Airspace Systems Fact Sheet-Tagalog [Sa Tagalog] [PDF]
     + Airspace Systems Fact Sheet-Vietnmese [bằng tiếng Việt] [PDF]

+ Airspace Systems Program Plan (March 2011) [PDF]

Airspace Systems Project Plans
Each document contains technical plans and milestones for the project.
+ Concepts and Technology Development Project

+ Systems Analysis, Integration & Evaluation

"Solving Aviation's Challenges Through NASA Innovation" KSC Briefing
As part of the "What's Next for NASA?" briefings leading up to the final shuttle launch, on July 6, 2011, Ed Waggoner, Integrated Systems Research program director, and John Cavolowsky, Airspace Systems program director, briefed the media on NASA's aeronautics research and how it will benefit the public. (60 minutes)
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Aeronautics Public Lecture, NASA Ames Research Center
In the fall of 2010, researchers briefed a public audience about the work being done by NASA to improve the flow of air traffic into and out of airports. Includes simulations of air traffic impacted by weather or congestion around airports. (Note: this video originates from an online learning web server and the screen size is small.)
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For questions regarding specific elements of the Airspace Systems Program, please contact:
John Cavolowsky, Program Director.

For questions regarding individual Airspace Systems Program thrust areas, please contact:
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