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Aispace Operations and Safety Program


AIRSPACE OPERATIONS AND SAFETY PROGRAM
The current U.S. air transportation system is widely recognized to be among the safest in the world. Yet to maintain and increase safety during growing demand for air travel in coming years requires a significant upgrade to the National Airspace System. The Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, is that upgrade - a transformation that aims to reduce gridlock, both in the sky and at airports.

NASA's Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP) creates technologies to help NextGen fulfill its promise. AOSP works with the Federal Aviation Administration, industry and academic partners to conceive and develop NextGen technologies to improve the intrinsic safety of current and future aircraft.

Today’s radar-based air traffic control system will transition to one that is satellite-based. NextGen satellite-based technologies will significantly improve safety, capacity and efficiency on runways and in the nation’s skies while providing environmentally friendly procedures and technologies that reduce fuel burn, carbon emissions and noise.

The goal of AOSP-developed NextGen methods and means is to provide advanced levels of automated support to air navigation service providers and aircraft operators for reduced air travel times and air travel-related delays, and to insure greater safety in all weather conditions. By moving key concepts and technologies from the laboratory into the field, AOSP helps to make air travel as safe and efficient as possible – today as well as tomorrow – to directly benefit the flying public.

Airspace Operations and Safety Projects

Computer graphic image of the Joint Strike Fighter Airspace Technology Demonstrations (ATD)
Geared toward delivery of near-term benefits to air transportation system stakeholders, the ATD project is a collection of critical technology development and demonstration activities.
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Image of a NAS demand simulation using ACES Shadow Mode Assessment Using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System (SMART-NAS) for Safe Trajectory Based Operations (TBO)
The SMART-NAS project is an effort to develop an air traffic management simulation capability to explore integrating alternative concepts, technologies and architectures into the NAS.
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Photo of the Advanced Concepts Flight Simulator Cockpit Interior Safe Autonomous Systems Operations (SASO)
Once the Next Generation Air Transportation System – NextGen – is implemented, airborne autonomy will likely expand. Operational complexity will increase to enable and sustain significant growth in passengers and cargo. SASO seeks ways to safely integrate within the national airspace system the highest level of automation that is justifiable.
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Airspace Operations and Safety Program Newsletters

FY 2016 Newsletters
+ January-March 2016 [PDF]
+ October-December 2015 [PDF]


FY 2015 Newsletters
+ July-September 2015 [PDF]
+ April-June 2015 [PDF]
+ January-March 2015 [PDF]
+ October-December 2014 [PDF]


Airspace Systems Program Newsletters
+ FY 2014 Newsletters (Click to open and close panel)
+ FY 2013 Newsletters (Click to open and close panel)
+ FY 2012 Newsletters (Click to open and close panel)
+ FY 2011 Newsletters (Click to open and close panel)
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DASHlink Online Community for Researchers
DASHlink is a web-based virtual community where scientists and engineers can post and share results, algorithms and ideas involving the latest research topics in health management technologies for aeronautics systems. DASHlink can be viewed by the public and is a resource for anyone interested in data mining, vehicle health systems, aeronautics and NASA.
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AOSP in the News
Developing New Standards of Drone Operations
First Steps Toward Drone Traffic Management
NASA-Developed Air Traffic Management Tool Flies into Use
NASA, Canadian Agency Renew Agreement to Reduce Aviation Icing Risks
Air Traffic Operations Lab Answering Big Questions About the Future of Air Travel




Please contact the Airspace Operations and Safety Program Office for questions regarding specific elements of AOSP.



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