The core application of this work furthers NASA's goal to deliver an evaluation capability, critical to the ATM community, allowing full NextGen and beyond concepts to be assessed and developed. If successful, we envision this will provide the primary mechanism by which users of SMART NAS will inject weather and weather forecasts into their experiments and demonstrations. Our product would serve the same purpose for other NASA simulators such as Airspace Concept Evaluation System (ACES), and Future ATM Concepts Evaluation Tool (FACET).
Applications outside of NASA include the FAA who likewise has the need to inject controlled weather conditions and forecasts into NAS simulators in support of research on TBO and other ATM concepts and technologies. These simulation and experimental needs are shared by other non-NASA organizations, especially those who possess or are developing large-scale air transportation simulators, such as Embry Riddle University, MITRE-CAASD, Volpe, EUROCONTROL, SESAR, and the Ecole Polytechnique.