SkyGrid and NASA Work Together to Advance Emerging Aviation Operations with Autonomous Systems

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ByJim Frazer
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SkyGrid, a Boeing company, is teaming with NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) to collaborate on integrating services, functions, and capabilities essential for operations of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft. This work is part of NASA Langley's broader strategy to advance autonomous aviation and increase airspace safety and access.

Aviation Operations with Autonomous Systems

Led by NASA's System-Wide Safety Project, SkyGrid and NASA Langley will collaborate on two principal components. The first involves integrating SkyGrid's traffic surveillance software to support distributed cooperative airspace management systems such as the Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) System and Provider of Unmanned Aerial Mobility Services (PSU). This initiative will culminate in comprehensive flight demonstrations.

The second component focuses on specific use cases that aim to enhance transportation effectiveness by optimizing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations in diverse environments within the National Airspace System (NAS) while also making essential safety considerations. In urban settings, example operations may include life-saving para-public services and efficient cargo delivery, leveraging existing and novel surveillance data and processing. This component will help calibrate and validate developed models, methods, tools, and techniques crucial for enhancing operational safety and efficiency under real-world conditions.

SkyGrid's collaboration with NASA will also contribute to developing new standards and procedures that ensure the safe operation of autonomous aircraft systems. This includes sharing critical data, experiences, and insights that will help formulate safety cases, risk assessments, and safety management systems tailored to the demands of emerging aviation technologies.

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