NASA SBIR 2009 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 09-1 A3.02-8818
SUBTOPIC TITLE: NextGen Airportal
PROPOSAL TITLE: Software Tool for Significantly Increasing Airport Throughput

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Metron Aviation, Inc.
45300 Catalina Court, Suite 101
Dulles, VA 20166 - 2335
(703) 456-0123

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Frederick J. Foreman
45300 Catalina Court, Suite 101
Dulles, VA 20166 - 2335
(703) 234-0738

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 1
End: 2

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
NASA's Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Airportal effort seeks to optimize aircraft surface movements through approaches that could double or triple airport and metroplex throughput. This goal can only be achieved through accurate modeling of airport/metroplex throughput, identifying the real causes of bottlenecks (not simply those that are politically palatable), proposing an innovative solution to eliminate these bottlenecks, and developing performance metrics that actually capture when the innovative solution is working and any corrective actions that may be required. The proposed innovation by Metron Aviation consists of the following components: (1) Accurate model of airport throughput taking into account aircraft and gate attributes (2) Virtual sequencing and scheduling program: Virtual queue based on aircraft type, scheduled departure time, and air carrier constraints; Aircraft virtual departure sequence prior to pushback based on the minimum time to drain a virtual queue by taking into account wake vortex constraints, (3) Increased Situational awareness and communications among ground/metering, local, and ramp controllers, and (4) Airport throughput performance metrics. Overall, this Metron Aviation innovation provides a software tool that will improve airport situational awareness, the reduction/elimination and management of potential surface flow bottlenecks that lead to a significant improvement in airport throughput.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This SBIR benefits NASA in three (3) ways: (1) It furthers one of the main goals of NASA's Airportal project -- the increase of capacity by increasing throughput and operational efficiency in an airportal environment by harmonizing gate and aircraft attributes for airport arrivals, (2) the introduction of an innovative technique for increasing departure rate throughput through virtual queues and aircraft sequencing as part of NASA's vision of maximizing productivity in the use of runways and taxiways, and (3) NASA's decision support tools developed for surface operations, such as SMA and SMS will benefit from recommendations on reducing or eliminating bottlenecks.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
FAA, other government agencies, airport authorities, and air carriers will benefit from the proposed software tool for the efficient management of traffic flow through improved throughput at airports with minimal delays. Performance based automated traffic flow planning will also improve situational awareness at airports among controllers at the Airport Traffic Control Tower and Ramp Controllers at the Airport Terminals. Besides aerospace, the proposed algorithms and software can easily be generalized towards transportation, manufacturing, logistics and military resource planning.

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