NASA SBIR 2020-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 20-1- A3.01-4986
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Advanced Air Traffic Management System Concepts
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Cloud FMS
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Mosaic ATM, Inc.
540 Fort Evans Road Northeast, Suite 300
Leesburg, VA 20176
(800) 405-8576

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

Name:
Mr. Todd Kilbourne
E-mail:
tkilbourne@mosaicatm.com
Address:
540 Fort Evans Road NE, Suite 300 Leesburg, VA 20176 - 3379
Phone:
(703) 801-4285

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

Name:
Michael Blaylock
E-mail:
mblaylock@mosaicatm.com
Address:
540 Fort Evans Road Northeast, Suite 300 Leesburg, 20176 - 3379
Phone:
(703) 505-3022
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 1
End: 3
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

Advances in Trajectory Based Operations and aviation safety require that aircraft participate with improved automation capabilities. However, aircraft avionics evolve very slowly and certification and installation costs pose major hurdles to upgrading existing aircraft. Current Flight Management System (FMS) hardware has limited computing power. Air transportation advancements may be impeded by limitations in introducing new aircraft automation capabilities. Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Urban Air Mobility operations and traffic management will also require novel approaches to affordable, adaptable, vehicle automation capabilities. A possible solution is hosting FMS capabilities as cloud-based services. The Cloud FMS concept proposes an architecture in which flight control and autopilot functions remain on the air vehicle while more strategic navigation and mission planning functions run on cloud computing resources, connected to the vehicle with high-bandwidth/reliability digital communication. Mosaic ATM, working with SmartSky Networks, will assess Cloud FMS feasibility with respect to safety and communication requirements, through experimentation within a simulation environment, utilizing SmartSky’s state-of-the-art air-ground network, analyzing the communication performance characteristics, including bandwidth, latency, integrity, continuity, coverage as a function of latitude/longitude and altitude. This analysis will be performed using SmartSky’s test/performance monitoring data, as well as predictive analytical tools such as RF coverage analysis. Cloud FMS could benefit traditional commercial passenger and cargo aircraft by enabling new automation capabilities with lower certification and installation costs.  By reducing vehicle weight and power requirements, Cloud FMS could benefit Unmanned Air Vehicles and urban air taxis. Cloud FMS could also reduce per vehicle cost by replacing an expensive component in a way that scales with quantity more favorably.

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

This research has application in reducing pilot responsibilities/air vehicles without pilots (e.g., some UAS and UAM) and developing “default safe” or “station keeping” behavior in case of communication or ground-system failure. Current standards provide limited aircraft trajectory intent to ground consumers, the development of Cloud FMS supports trajectory synchronization by exposing more to-be-flown trajectory details.

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

Non-NASA applications include joint efforts with team member SmartSky Networks to provide communication products in support of cloud-based automation services. Mosaic services include hosting and support of cloud-based NAS data services to support Cloud FMS products for UAS, UAM, or other customers. Additional contributions to  FAA TBO trajectory negotiation research are anticipated.

Duration: 6

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