NASA World Wind based Application that is equivalent to Google Earth and made freely available is extraordinarily useful for AOC Community which is using geobrowser-based Common Operating Environment (COE). From a human factors perspective, the geobrowser COE provides for better communication, better situational awareness and a common display of resources in the current operational environment. The same application can also display the data after a flight for SMS, forensics, record keeping and training. Focusing on aviation, the proposed World Wind Application can be used to support Field Missions for atmospheric research, including CAT, volcanic plumes and radionuclides. Other Missions supported include UAV Research Applications, Air Traffic Control and Routing Optimization, Air Safety and Cockpit Integration.
NextGen and NAS investment has been one-sided, with funds directed to the regulatory side of the system. Future NextGen and NAS operations will be a partnership of regulatory and commercial/private interests. The geobrowser based Common Operating Environment (COE) enables the users (and data/information providers) to best utilize data and information. An open source geobrowser Application which is freely available to all users provides a level playing field to promote innovation and growth. Focusing less on the database and more on the software, the proposed NASA World Wind Application provides a basis for reliable and sustained operations in regulated environments. Since this geobrowser can continue operations without connectivity to the internet, coordinated aviation operations can be supported in remote polar and trans-Oceanic regions.The proposed goals and results will impact and enhance AOC and commercial transportation efficiency and safety in the regulatory environment. The Phase 1 result will be shared with the AOC Community, which impacts Next Generation COE adoption at Hawaiian Airlines and other airlines, UAV Traffic Control and Routing Optimization, and Miltary applications likely limited to the United States due to EAR considerations.