NASA SBIR 2019-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 19-1- A3.02-3037
 Increasing Autonomy in the National Airspace System (NAS)
 Increasing Autonomy with Automated Trajectory Negotiation
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mosaic ATM, Inc.
540 Fort Evans Road Northeast, Suite 300
Leesburg, VA 20176- 3379
(800) 405-8576

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Alicia Fernandes
540 Fort Evans Road, Suite 300 Leesburg, VA 20176 - 4098
(571) 293-2056

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)

Chris Stevenson
540 Fort Evans Road NE, Suite 300 Leesburg, VA 20176 - 3379
(540) 454-7458
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 2
End: 3
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

Completing the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) transition to Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) requires frequent, fast negotiations to adjust flight trajectories to account for the many uncertainties in National Airspace System (NAS) operations. These negotiations will be required not only pre-departure, but also while aircraft are en route. Furthermore, increasing numbers of flight deck applications and air/ground connectivity will make it easier than ever for airspace users to request trajectory amendments, but the FAA is not currently designed to handle that scale of exchanges. Mosaic ATM proposes a new approach to trajectory negotiation that leverages new data exchange architectures and increasingly autonomous capabilities. Our proposed approach supports trajectory negotiation that incorporates airspace user and FAA constraints and preferences, yet takes place outside the FAA’s ecosystem of legacy automated capabilities that are difficult to upgrade, allowing rapid deployment and scaling to achieve automated trajectory negotiation for an increasing number and variety of airspace users.

In Phase I, we will document requirements for the automated Trajectory Negotiation Service, develop and evaluate the algorithms for automated negotiation, and develop an architecture for a cloud-based automated Trajectory Negotiation Service. This supports Phase II development of a prototype capability that can be integrated into NASA’s ATM-X Test Bed for technical and stakeholder evaluation. Our approach is agnostic to vehicle type as well as ultimate deployment environment, supporting deployment as a stand-alone cloud service, a service within the FAA’s System Wide Information Management (SWIM) infrastructure, or as a capability within the Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS) or within commercial flight planning and filing capabilities.

Potential NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)

Phase II integration into the ATM-X Test Bed supports future NASA concept development and evaluation:

  • Trajectory negotiation without significant human-in-the-loop participation
  • Incorporate trajectory modifications appropriate for simulated conditions, without extensive scripting of flight plans and flight plan amendments
  • Programming interfaces will allow NASA to implement and evaluate alternate trajectory negotiation algorithms
Potential Non-NASA Applications (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
  • An Automated Trajectory Negotiation Service is beneficial to FAA, airspace users, flight planning capabilities, and flight deck trajectory optimization applications
  • Our development and deployment approach supports implementation as a SWIM service, as part of a legacy FAA system like TFMS, as a module within flight planning and trajectory optimization applications, or as a standalone cloud service
Duration: 6

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