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Deepak Kulkarni and Mosaic ATM Discuss Collaborative Trajectory Option Work With Air Traffic Control Ntl. Operations Manager
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Deepak Kulkarni and Mosaic ATM Discuss Collaborative Trajectory Option Work With Air Traffic Control Ntl. Operations Manager

Under NASA-funded work supporting Integrated Demand Management (IDM), MOSAIC ATM, Inc. is 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. Deepak Kulkarni (TI) and Chris Brinton (MOSAIC ATM) visited the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC) in Warrenton, Virginia, on June 28th and discussed CTOP research with National Operations Manager Pat Sommersall. Deepak Kulkarni is the Technical Monitor for the MOSAIC ATM research grant on CTOP.

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 an 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: MOSAIC ATM, Deepak Kulkarni (NASA Technical Monitor)

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

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