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Vehicle Systems Safety Technologies Project Hosts Technical Interchange Meeting

The Vehicle Systems Safety Technologies (VSST) project hosted a one-day meeting at NASA Ames Research Center on December 18, 2012, with participation from NASA Ames researchers, the FAA, the Army Aero-flight Mechanics Directorate, Boeing Research and Technology, and the University of California at Davis. The objective of the Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) was to discuss aeronautics research of mutual interest and identify opportunities for potential collaboration. Discussions focused on two research topics. The first research topic addressed the challenge of loss of control for aircraft, with talks on advanced aircraft modeling techniques, complex pilot modeling, novel control system concepts, flying qualities analysis, and pilot training. The second research topic addressed the challenges of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, with talks on UAS flight dynamic specifications and the integration of UAS into the National Airspace System.

While hosted by the VSST project, participation in the TIM spanned three programs and six projects within the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, including the VSST and System-wide Safety Assurance Technologies projects in the Aviation Safety Program, the Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing projects in the Fundamental Aeronautics Program, and the Environmentally Responsible Aviation and Unmanned Aircraft Systems projects within the National Airspace System project in the Integrated Systems Research Program.

BACKGROUND: The Vehicle Systems Safety Technologies (VSST) project provides knowledge, concepts, and methods to avoid, detect, mitigate, and recover from hazardous flight conditions, and to maintain vehicle airworthiness and health.

The System-wide Safety Assurance Technologies (SSAT) project provides knowledge, concepts and methods to proactively manage increasing complexity in the design and operation of vehicles and air transportation systems, including advanced approaches to enable improved and cost-effective verification and validation of flight-critical systems.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: This TIM was arranged by the Vehicle Systems Safety Technologies (VSST) project within the Aviation Safety Program of the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

Contact: Diana Acosta

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