National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Breaking Down Barriers for Unmanned Flight

Glenn scientists are addressing one specific and critical area of UAV operation—communications. “Unmanned aircraft still need a human in communication with the aircraft and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA),” says James Griner, project engineer. “In order to do that, we must have a communication system in place.” The aviation industry is built on the condition […]

NASA Glenn Partners with FAA to Demonstrate Wireless High Data Rate Networking on Airport Surface

A new communications system undergoing testing could improve air traffic management, safety and fuel efficiency and reduce air travel delays, increase security, and improve airport and airspace operations. The testing is being conducted by NASA’s Glenn Research Center and the Federal Aviation Administration at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE). The system, the Aeronautical Mobile Airport […]

NextGen CNS Test Bed Web Site Launched

The NextGen CNS Test Bed web site was established by Sensis Corporation through a cooperative agreement with NASA Glenn Research Center, with the support and partnership of a number of federal and local government agencies and leading aviation organizations. The primary objective of the Test Bed is to identify and evaluate CNS solutions for the […]

Future Aeronautical Communication Infrastructure Technology Investigation Now Available

Gilbert, Jin, Berger, Henriksen, FAA/NASA/ITT FCS Technology Investigation Final Report, NASA Contractor Report CR-2008-215144, April 2008. Summarizes and documents the work performed to investigate technologies that could support long-term aeronautical mobile communications operating concepts for air traffic management (ATM) in the timeframe of 2020 and beyond, and includes the associated findings and recommendations made by […]

Additional Technologies and Investigations for Provision of Future Aeronautical Communications Now Available

Gilbert, Jin, Berger, Henriksen, FAA/NASA/ITT FCS Phase III Study Final Report, NASA Contractor Report, CR-2008-214987, February 2008. Documents the indepth studies on select technologies that could support long-term aeronautical mobile communications operating concepts. This work was performed during the third and final phase of NASA’s Technology Assessment for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)/EUROCONTROL Future Communications […]

Unmanned Aircraft System Control and ATC Communications Bandwidth Requirements Paper Now Available

Henriksen, NASA/ITT UAS Study Task Final Report, NASA Contractor Report CR-2008-214841, February 2008. There are significant activities taking place to establish the procedures and requirements for safe and routine operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS). Among the barriers to overcome in achieving this goal is the lack of sufficient […]

NextGen ATS Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance Test Bed Paper and Presentation Now Available

“NextGen ATS Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance Test Bed,” presented at the 2007 Digital Avionics Systems Conference in October 2007, summarizes the mid-2007 status of this Test Bed and shares plans for the next twelve months. Both the paper and presentation can be viewed in the ACAST Library under NextGen CNS Testbed.

FCS Findings and Recommendations Presented at ICAO Aeronautical Communications Panel Working Group Technology Meeting

On October 2-4, 2007, the final findings and recommendations from the Future Communications Study (FCS) were presented at the first meeting of Working Group Technology (WG-T) under the Aeronautical Communications Panel (ACP) or the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The meeting was held in Montreal Quebec Canada. The paper, titled “Future Communication Study – Action […]

ITT Final Briefing Available

ITT’s final briefing on the task order study, Unmanned Aircraft System Control and ATC Communications Bandwidth Requirements, held on February 28, 2007, is now available. You can also view the accompanying report, NASA/CR—2008-214841, found on the NASA Technical Report Server.

NASA Contractor Report, CR-2006-214451 Now Available

Identification of Technologies for Provision of Future Aeronautical Communications (PDF, 11 MB) (NASA Contractor Report, CR-2006-214451, Final Version) is now available.