National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

2003 ACAST Workshop

The 2003 ACAST Workshop (then titled the NExTNAS CNS Workshop) took place August 20-21, 2003 at the Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, Ohio.

It presented NASA’s Project Plan under the new NASA Exploratory Technologies for the National Airspace System (NExTNAS) Initiative — for advanced communications, navigation and surveillance (CNS) system research and development in support of modernization of the National Airspace System — and while seeking comments from relevant members of the aviation community.

2003 ACAST Workshop Agenda
Time Description Speaker or Chair

Wednesday, August 20th, 2003

07:30 – 08:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast
08:30 – 08:45 Welcome Pete Vrotsos, Manager – Space Communications & Don Campbell, Center Director, NASA GRC
08:45 – 09:00 Workshop Overview/Objectives Robert Kerczewski, NASA GRC
09:00 – 09:30 Airspace Systems Overview Robert Jacobsen, NASA
09:30 – 10:00 FAA/NASA IAIPT Overview Bill Bradford, FAA
10:00– 10:15 Break
10:15– 10:45 FAA Target Systems Description Anne Tedford, FAA
10:45 – 11:45 NextNAS CNS Project Overview Robert Kerczewski, NASA GRC
11:45 – 12:00 Break-Out Session Overview & Directions Robert Kerczewski, NASA GRC
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 15:00

Breakout Sessions

Session A: CNS Architectures and Networks

Proposed research efforts in CNS architectures that provide the transition from current plans to the transformational NAS CNS architecture of the future, and the underlying network technologies enabling system-wide integration and global interoperability.

Art Feinberg, AMA; Cal Ramos, NASA GRC

Session B: VHF System Technology and Next Generation Digital Communications

Proposed research efforts aimed at improving operational and spectral efficiency for current and emerging VHF communications and at defining the next-generation digital air-ground communications for terminal area applications.

Tom Mulkerin, Mulkerin Associates Inc.; Mike Zernic, NASA GRC

Session C: Multi-Function/Multi-Mode Digital Avionics

Continues the discussion of needs, requirements and approaches for developing multi-function multi-mode digital avionics that began at the 2003 ICNS Conference, and develop details of potential architectural and technical approaches.

Frank Mackowick, John Hopkins University; Jim Budinger, NASA GRC

Session D: Oceanic Communications/Surveillance and Future Space-Based Surveillance

Proposed research and development efforts to enable improved communications and surveillance for oceanic and remote areas aimed at allowing safe reduction of aircraft spacing for those environments, and the potential for new space-based surveillance technologies to provide significantly improved surveillance performance for national and global airspace.

Ricardo Parra, FAA; Gus Martzaklis, NASA GRC

Session E: Surface Integrated CNS Network

Proposed research and development efforts for an integrated CNS data network for the airport surface enable data transfer among users, service providers and surface management applications.

Marty Pozesky, MTP Associates; Rafael Apaza, FAA

Session F: Aviation Spectrum Issues and Solutions

Aviation spectrum issues, approaches, and research needs.

John Zuzek, NASA GRC; David Matolak, Ohio University
15:00 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 17:00 Break-Out Sessions, cont’d

Thursday, August 21st, 2003

08:00 – 08:30 Continental Breakfast
08:30 – 09:30 Break-Out Sessions, cont’d
09:30 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 12:00 Break-Out Sessions, concluded