The FMS platform developed under the proposed research is an enabling technology for autonomicity (or self-management) - based architectures for the entirety, or parts, of the NextGen airspace operations. It will augment the capabilities of NASA MACS ATM simulation environment to allow the evaluation of 4DTBO concepts by enabling new features such as RTA, and ADS-C. Generic MACS-FMS interface developed under the Phase II work can be used to evaluate next-generation FMS products from multiple vendors in human-in-the-loop simulations.
The FMS platform developed under the proposed research will be of interest to NASA, FAA, and other ATM research organizations. It is expected that some of the next-generation FMS features developed under the Phase II research may also be of interest to commercial FMS manufacturers. The technologies will also be useful to the Unmanned Aerial System community for investigating the interactions of autonomous UAS with other highly automated aircraft operating in the National Airspace System. 4DTBO technologies developed under the proposed work has applications in other high-density transportation problems such as highway, railway and maritime traffic management.