Collision-Prediction Capabilities to Improve NAS Integration
- Created: Sunday, 01 January 2012
Collision avoidance radar
The National Airspace System (NAS) is a complex and shared network of people, procedures, equipment, and infrastructure that ensures safe and timely air transportation in the United States and over large portions of the world’s oceans. NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration are working together on next-generation improvements to the NAS, and both organizations will work to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the nation’s complex aviation system.
Incorporating unmanned vehicles into national airspace is
highly beneficial to important missions in the areas of scientific
research, national security, emergency response, and disaster
relief. Such vehicles, however, are grossly underutilized in
these areas because they lack reliable collision-avoidance technology
to ensure safe operation in the NAS.
Numerica was awarded a two-year, $600,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract from NASA to develop collision-prediction capabilities for unmanned aircraft systems operating in the National Airspace System.
Numerica is creating a sense-and-avoid capability to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace. The Numerica research team has developed methods for producing robust trajectory predictions over long time horizons, and the scientists are working with Colorado Engineering (Colorado Springs, CO) to model the company’s lightweight, low-power USTAR (Unmanned Sense, Track, and Avoid Radar) collision avoidance tool for feasibility testing.