The proposed innovation is an automated UAS mission planning system that will rapidly identify emergency (contingency) landing sites, manage contingency routing, and dynamically evaluate route changes for viability and safe operations in the NAS. Specifically, RAMPS will feature a pre-flight contingency planning capability that rapidly determines viable alternate/emergency landing sites based on a UAS's contingency ability and safe routing restrictions.
Potential applications for the UAS contingency planning and management system beyond Phase II include use as a mission planning augmentation system to improve safety of NASA UAS flight operations and as a research and development tool supporting in-house simulations of UAS activity in the NAS. RAMPS will be interoperable with UAS flight management systems, enabling a fluid exchange of routing and contingency information with 3rd party applications. RAMPS will be applicable to ongoing integrated system research projects and will beneficially impact NASA's contributions to standardized safety and certification of UAS in the NAS. RAMPS will find a significant number of applications within federal and non-federal agencies. Immediate customers include DoD UAS operators both within and beyond the NAS. Employed as a contingency management tool, RAMPS will plug-in to 3rd party UAS flight management systems and provide levels of intelligent automation that extend well beyond those provided in fielded systems. RAMPS will have high value to regulatory agencies approving UAS operations such as approval of certificates of authorization (COAs). COA approvers could also establish the criteria to be used in RAMPS during mission planning for COA approval.