NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


SUBTOPIC TITLE:Next Generation Air Transportation System - Airspace
PROPOSAL TITLE:Computational Appliance for Rapid Prediction of Aircraft Trajectories

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Optimal Synthesis Inc.
868 San Antonio Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303-4622
(650) 213-8585

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Padmanabhan K. Menon
868 San Antonio Road
Palo Alto, CA  94303-4622
(650) 213-8585

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT ( Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Next generation air traffic management systems will be based to a greater degree on predicted trajectories of aircraft. Due to the iterative nature of future air traffic management computations, the success of these systems will depend strongly on the ability to rapidly generate trajectory predictions. This proposal advances the development of a computational appliance for rapid prediction of aircraft trajectories (CARPAT) that combines the capabilities of the NASA-FACET software with the fast computing capabilities of the emerging field programmable gate array technology. By integrating the FACET software components on commercial, off-the-shelf high-speed computing technology, the proposed research will demonstrate high trajectory prediction speeds at modest cost.
Phase I research will demonstrate the feasibility of developing the trajectory prediction appliance using off-the-shelf hardware. High-speed trajectory predictions will be demonstrated under realistic traffic scenarios. A complete version of the system will be developed and provided to NASA during the Phase II work. The trajectory prediction appliance will commercialized during the Phase III work.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
By enabling very fast trajectory predictions, the proposed system will contribute towards the NASA-NGATS research program.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS ( Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The CARPATsystem developed under the proposed research will contribute towards the development of next-generation air traffic management technologies. The computational appliance and its architecture have several applications in flight simulation, space vehicle and UAV guidance, and in real-time signal processing.

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.

Computer System Architectures
Guidance, Navigation, and Control
On-Board Computing and Data Management
Pilot Support Systems
Software Tools for Distributed Analysis and Simulation

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