NASA has selected Saab Sensis to adapt its prototype NASA NextGen surface traffic management tools to improve throughput at capacity-constrained airports.
Under the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) "Adaptation of a Surface Management Tool to Multiple, Capacity-Constrained Airports", Saab Sensis will select three existing capacity-constrained airports.
The airports will be selected by examining taxi-out delays, scheduled departure demand versus airport departure capacity and other features.
Further, Saab Sensis will develop airport surface traffic scheduling approaches together with the ability to merge real-world operational constraints for testing within the NASA's surface operations simulator and scheduler (SOSS) tool.
Saab Sensis vice president and general manager, Ken Kaminski, said: "Addressing capacity issues through new Decision Support Tools that improve utilisation of current runways and taxiways will positively impact air travel for the public through reduced delays and better on-time performance."
"Saab Sensis will apply its surface traffic management modelling, simulation and DST development experience to accelerate the adaptation of these promising new tools for use in the NAS as a less costly capacity-reduction alternative to capital improvement projects like building more runways," Kaminski said.
The research will facilitate the company to expand the scope of the NASA airport surface traffic optimisation research beyond the existing tests to determine their ability to enhance airport capacity through enhanced sequencing and scheduling approaches.
US Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) NextGen initiative aims to simplify current and future capacity constraints at the airports in the country.
As part of the NextGen initiative, NASA is conducting research, developing and testing decision support tools (DST) for future deployment in the National Airspace System (NAS) to help air traffic controllers address capacity concerns.
Image: As part of US FAA's NextGen programme, NASA is conducting research for developing tools for future deployment in NAS to address capacity concerns. Photo: FAA.