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Six NASA-Funded Research Papers on the Collaborative Trajectory Option Program to be Published in AIAA Aviation 2018 Conference
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Six NASA-Funded Research Papers on the Collaborative Trajectory Option Program to be Published in AIAA Aviation 2018 Conference

Under NASA-funded work supporting Integrated Demand Management (IDM), Metron Aviation, Inc. and Mosaic ATM, Inc. are doing research on challenges in setting Collaborative Trajectory Options Program (CTOP) rates and predicting airline responses with an overall goal of developing a decision-support capability for CTOP. Six papers on this work will be published at the upcoming American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aviation 2018 conference in June. Decision Support Systems group member Deepak Kulkarni is the technical monitor for these research grants.

BACKGROUND: One of the primary causes for congestion and delays in the National Airspace System (NAS) is that the number of flights (demand) often exceeds the ability of airspace to accommodate the traffic (capacity). The effort to balance demand with capacity is known as Traffic Flow Management (TFM). The Air Traffic Management (ATM) community has made important progress in collaborative trajectory management through the introduction of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) traffic management initiative called the Collaborative Trajectory Options Program (CTOP). CTOP allows management of multiple constrained areas simultaneously. It is also collaborative in that it permits airlines to provide a set of preferred reroute options.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Air Traffic Management eXploration (ATM-X) project/ Integrated Demand Management (IDM), Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

TEAM: Metron Aviation, University of California, University of Maryland, Mosaic ATM, AvMET Applications, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and Deepak Kulkarni (NASA Technical Monitor)

POINT OF CONTACT: Deepak Kulkarni, deepak.kulkarni@nasa.gov

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