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Generic FMS Platform for Evaluation of Autonomous Trajectory-Based Operation Concepts, Phase I

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The objective of this research is to create a generic advanced Flight Management System (FMS) platform that could be used for evaluation of autonomous trajectory-based operation concepts. The research addresses the following deficiencies: most FMSs have limited advanced features; are specific to a single aircraft type; expensive and protected by FMS manufacturers. The proposed FMS platform will enable users to deploy a wide array of autonomy enabling FMS features by the click of a button. Some of the proposed features include: (i) air-ground & inter-aircraft trajectory negotiation, (ii) 4D Trajectory-Based Operations (4DTBO), (iii) high-fidelity wind modeling for improved predictability, (iii) trajectory planning options based on environmental and efficiency considerations, and (iv) advanced guidance modes such as Required Time of Arrival (RTA) and 4DFMS. A key feature of the proposed research is the integration of this platform and its features with NASA's Multi-AirCraft Simulation (MACS) platform. Phase I research will identify the complete array of features for possible inclusion in this platform. Moreover, Phase I will demonstrate select features through the interface to MACS. Phase II research will elevate the technology readiness level suitable for deployment in Human-In-The-Loop simulation pilot stations. More »

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