NASA SBIR 2020-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary


PROPOSAL NUMBER:
 20-1- A3.01-5425
SUBTOPIC TITLE:
 Advanced Air Traffic Management System Concepts
PROPOSAL TITLE:
 Early Prediction of Emergent Airspace Inefficiencies
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Metron, Inc.
1818 Library Street
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 787-8700

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

Name:
Dr. Sean Daugherty
E-mail:
daugherty@metsci.com
Address:
1818 Library Street Reston, VA 20190 - 5602
Phone:
(703) 787-8700

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

Name:
Seth Blackwell
E-mail:
blackwell@metsci.com
Address:
1818 Library Street Reston, VA 20190 - 5602
Phone:
(703) 787-8700
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 1
End: 3
Technical Abstract (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)

Metron and its subcontractor Metron Aviation propose to develop software to monitor the collective set of aircraft in the airspace to identify the need for Traffic Management Initiatives (TMIs) earlier than current methods. This will lead to improvements in the efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS). We will train an innovative neural network focused on monitoring flights in the Northeastern US to identify and predict inefficient airspace states. This information can cue air traffic controllers and managers to specific issues that can be corrected to avoid larger, more systemic issues. As Trajectory Based Operations (TBO) technologies mature, they can also consume this information to appropriately route specific aircraft. Ultimately, our software will help bridge the gap between the tactical maneuvers of air traffic control and the strategic effects of air traffic management. Our approach leverages our familiarity with the relevant data and prior work on related neural networks.

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

Our software will provide NASA with a novel and innovative technology that can address the ATM challenge of improving efficiency of the NAS while maintaining or improving safety. The transition path is through a validation with FACET or the ATM-X test bed before integration with FAA capabilities including maturing TBO technologies.

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

Both air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and major airlines would be interested in the proposed technology as a means to maintain and increase efficiency as the airspace density and complexity grows. We plan to integrate with Metron Aviation’s commercial air traffic flow management product, Harmony, which has been deployed with ANSPs on four continents.

Duration: 6

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