NASA SBIR 2014 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 14-1 A2.01-8733
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration in the National Airspace System (NAS) Research
PROPOSAL TITLE: Airline Operational Control (AOC)/UAS Ground Control Station (GCS) Collaboration

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
The Innovation Laboratory, Inc.
2360 Southwest Chelmsford Avenue
Portland, OR 97201 - 2265
(503) 242-1761

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Jimmy Krozel
Jimmy.Krozel@gmail.com
2360 SW Chelmsford Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 - 2265
(503) 224-5856

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Michelle M. Camarda
Michelle.Camarda@gmail.com
2360 Southwest Chelmsford Avenue
Portland, OR 97201 - 2265
(503) 242-1761

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

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration in the National Airspace System (NAS) Research is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
We propose to form a network and a set of tools that will create a shared situation awareness with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Ground Control Stations (GCSs) and airline dispatchers at Airline Operations Centers (AOCs). Our solution is motivated by the Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) community in commercial aviation, where the CDMnet was created back in 1997 to facilitate collaboration between airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The CDMnet continues to exist today to allow airlines to collaborate on Traffic Flow Management (TFM) decisions that are made by airlines and FAA Air Traffic Service Providers (ATSPs) every day. Today, with the introduction of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flying in the National Airspace System (NAS), there is a need for collaboration between UAS, ATSP, and AOCs in UAS Traffic Management (UTM) in order to share airspace resources. Thus, the focus of this SBIR effort is to build a network that allows UAS GCSs to share information and collaborate with airline AOCs in order to create a shared situation awareness and to share and coordinate NAS airspace resources.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
NASA is tasked to explore the challenge of integrating UASs into the NAS. Part of that integration challenge is ensuring that UASs can fly in the NAS in the same airspace as civilian aircraft, without segregation through Special Use Airspace (SUA) or Special Activity Airspace (SAA). Furthermore, the FAA has stipulated that they do not want to create any new airspace classes to facilitate UAS flight in the NAS. In order to achieve this goal, UAS will have to share airspace resources with other stakeholders; mainly commercial airlines in Class A airspace, and General Aviation (GA) in lower altitudes. The introduction of UAS in Class A airspace is likely to cause pushback from the airlines, who already find airspace resources congested in many parts of the NAS. NASA and the industry must find a way to share resources with UAS, Airlines, and GA in a way that they all can pursue their flight operations in a fair and equitable way. The emphasis of this SBIR effort is to form a basis for the sharing of resources by a collaboration between AOCs and GCSs.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Airline dispatchers are in need of situation awareness for UAS flying in the NAS. Furthermore, UAS operators will benefit from collaboration with the airlines in order to find a collaborative solution to flying in the NAS. Airlines and UAS operators are thus non-NASA commercial applications of interest.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (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.)
Air Transportation & Safety
Algorithms/Control Software & Systems (see also Autonomous Systems)
Command & Control
Condition Monitoring (see also Sensors)
Network Integration
Process Monitoring & Control

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