Autonomous Airport Operations (AAO) has already been identified as a research topic of interest to the Safe Autonomous System Operations (SASO) Project of NASA's Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP). The AAO Concept of Operations (ConOps) will provide useful input for the NASA research. The AAO system platform research product will be delivered to NASA by the end of Phase II, to support its in-house AAO research involving human-in-the-loop experiments; the platform will allow NASA to study different implementation of the automation algorithms and operational procedures.
In the near term, improvements of the speech agent technology from this SBIR will be applied to OSI's existing SESIA system for marketing to the simulation community within NASA, the FAA, and DoD organizations. It will also benefit air traffic control training facilities, including the FAA Academy located at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City, OK, and DoD training facilities such as the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) in Pensacola, FL. Similarly, improvements of the machine-vision-based surveillance system will be applied to OSI's existing VBASS system for marketing to airports as a low-cost surveillance platform. In the far term, the complete AAO automation platform and its component technologies will form the basis of airport automation systems to promote for airport applications, with the ultimate goal of realizing AAO as envisioned by the NASA program.