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STRATEGIC IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
This Strategic Implementation Plan sets forth the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) vision for aeronautical research aimed at the next 25 years and beyond. It encompasses a broad range of technologies to meet future needs of the aviation community, the nation, and the world for safe, efficient, flexible, and environmentally sustainable air transportation.

A key element of the plan is a set of Strategic Thrusts that are research areas guiding ARMD's response to global trends affecting aviation:
  • Strategic Thrust 1: Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations
  • Strategic Thrust 2: Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft
  • Strategic Thrust 3: Ultra-Efficient Commercial Vehicles
  • Strategic Thrust 4: Transition to Low-Carbon Propulsion
  • Strategic Thrust 5: Real-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance
  • Strategic Thrust 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation
This plan is a living document through which ARMD communicates with the aviation and research communities to elicit feedback. It will be updated as the conversation continues on achieving a vision that enables the current aviation system to best meet future demands and opportunities.

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Strategic Thrust Roadmaps
NASA, with aviation community input, has drafted a roadmap for each strategic thrust (listed above) to help guide research investments towards developing near-, mid- and far-term solutions to aviation challenges. These roadmaps are the result of considerable thought within NASA informed by two National Research Council studies and many other interactions. The research and outcomes shown are intended to be community efforts and not research to be undertaken solely by NASA.

We look forward to more input. Comments on the roadmaps from the aviation community and its stakeholders are welcome, as our goal is to reach agreement on a set of community outcomes and challenges to be solved within each roadmap.

ARMD Strategic Thrust 1: Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations (pdf)

ARMD Strategic Thrust 2: Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft (pdf)

ARMD Strategic Thrust 3A: Ultra-Efficient Commercial Vehicles Subsonic Transport (pdf)

ARMD Strategic Thrust 3B: NASA Vertical Lift Strategic Direction (pdf)

ARMD Strategic Thrust 4: Transition to Low Carbon Propulsion (pdf)

ARMD Strategic Thrust 5: Real-time System-wide Safety Assurance Vision and Roadmap (pdf)

ARMD Strategic Thrust 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation (pdf)



Submit Comments for Plan and Roadmaps
All comments will be reviewed and distributed to those responsible for the document(s). A response to each email is not guaranteed. No attributed comments will appear in NASA reports or documents without permission from the sender.

Send comments and questions on NASA Aeronautics’ Strategic Implementation Plan and/or Roadmaps to ARMD Strategy.



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National Research Council (NRC) Studies
The NRC will perform a series of studies over the next several years to provide a national perspective on research needs for each of the Strategic Thrusts in NASA Aeronautics’ strategic plan. It has completed the study on autonomy research for civil aviation (aligned to Strategic Thrust 6) and on the study titled "Propulsion and Energy Systems to Reduce Commercial Aviation Carbon Emissions" (aligned to Strategic Thrust 4). The next study will focus on Thrust 5, Real-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance.

+ "Autonomy Research for Civil Aviation: Toward a New Era of Flight" (completed)
+ "Propulsion and Energy Systems to Reduce Commercial Aviation Carbon Emissions" (completed)



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