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ACES Group Members Participate in Technical Interchange Meeting for the Reduced Crew Operations Project
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ACES Group Members Participate in Technical Interchange Meeting for the Reduced Crew Operations Project

Adaptive Control and Evolvable Systems (ACES) Group members participated in a government-only Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) for the Reduced Crew Operations (RCO) project on January 27-29, 2015, hosted here at Ames Research Center. The primary goal of the RCO TIM is to bring together government agencies with a stake in RCO. We want to review current efforts, identify touch points, and determine where coordination and leverage would be most productive. Specifically, the objectives include:

  • Discuss current and ongoing research and development activities, concepts, and approaches that include technology development and feasibility assessment across government organizations.
  • Identify barriers and key considerations where research, development, analysis, testing, and demonstrations are useful. These considerations will include — but not be limited to — technology development, onboard/offboard capabilities, human performance (e.g., workload, fatigue, situational awareness, vigilance, etc.).
  • Identify a battery of scenarios (use cases) where RCO can demonstrate its feasibility.
  • Identify areas where multiple government organizations should coordinate efforts and collaborate.
  • Plan a workshop on RCO in late spring/summer to bring together industry, academia, government, and other stakeholders. The workshop will be attended by representatives of the Department of Defense (DoD), Air Mobility Command, the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), NASA, and any other U.S. government agencies interested in pursuing RCO.

BACKGROUND: There has been considerable interest in exploring the feasibility of reduced crew operations in aviation. This is being driven, in part, by factors such as international competitiveness, cost of training and operations, flight safety, expected shortage of pilots, and advances in technology. Several research and development efforts are underway across multiple U.S. government organizations, academic institutions, and industries.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Reduced Crew Operations (RCO) project, Safe Autonomous Systems Operations (SASO) project, Aviation Operations and Safety Program (AOSP), Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

Contact: John Kaneshige

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