NASA SBIR 2006 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 06-2 A3.01-8158
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)
P. K. Menon
868 San Antonio Road
Palo Alto, CA 94022 - 1406
(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 algorithms, the success of these systems will depend strongly on the ability to rapidly generate trajectory predictions. By combining algorithmic improvements and high-performance computing hardware, Phase I research demonstrated significantly accelerated prediction of high-fidelity aircraft trajectories using the NASA-FACET software. Phase II research will build on the Phase I feasibility demonstration results to develop a full-scale computational appliance for rapid prediction of aircraft trajectories (CARPAT). The proposed architecture will combine the trajectory and airspace modeling capabilities of the FACET software with commercial, off-the-shelf high-performance computing technology. High-speed trajectory predictions and iterative computation of traffic flow management algorithms will be demonstrated under realistic traffic scenarios. The trajectory prediction appliance will commercialized during the Phase III work.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The hardware and software technology elements of the CARPAT system have several commercial applications. The high-performance computing hardware can be used in applications such as Bio-Informatics to accelerate pattern matching, automatic target recognition and multi-target tracking. It can also be used in flight simulation and real-time signal processing.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
By enabling extremely fast trajectory predictions, the proposed system will contribute towards the development and implementation of advanced air traffic management algorithms under the NASA-NGATS research program.

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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