As this innovative concept is directly related to the air transportation system, the most appropriate application of the concept and prototype will be further research on ATM operational improvements. This concept for the integration of strategic and tactical Traffic Management Initiatives can be applied by NASA across many concepts and technologies to enhance their integration within the Traffic Flow Management procedures and tools in the National Airspace System. Mosaic ATM has provided significant support on numerous projects in the successful transfer of NASA research into the operational inventory of the FAA. Our approach to this technology transfer is to provide support for the transfer process, but to remain within the direction of NASA and the FAA at all times. Using this approach, the research is properly recognized as NASA technology, and the FAA receives in-depth support from an organization that already knows the details of the technology.
The NAS Flow Constraint Monitor concept described in this proposal can provide valuable information for airlines and other flight operators about the potential constraints and congestion that flights will experience in the NAS based on traffic management initiatives. Flight operators can then use this information to plan for potential delays or reroutes and their effect on their overall network of flight operations. Advance notice of potential delays can aid dispatchers in planning what routes to file, which alternative arrival airports to utilize, and how much fuel to load on the aircraft. Within this Phase II proposal, we have included a license application to use the Future ATM Concept Evaluation Tool (FACET), which is NASA Intellectual Property. Our commercialization approach leverages FACET as a platform for providing situational awareness and planning capabilities for airlines. Multiple airline customers that have adopted technology that originated from NASA have selected Mosaic to provide contract-funded support for these technologies. Thus, Mosaic ATM is in an excellent position to continue to commercialize NASA technologies through a licensing agreement as described in the proposal.