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Our mission in the Airspace Operations Laboratory (AOL) is twofold: (1) to provide a better understanding of roles, responsibilities, and requirements for human operators and automation in future air traffic management (ATM) systems; (2) to develop, evaluate, and integrate operational concepts and technologies for Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) in a high fidelity human-in-the-loop (HITL) environment.
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The Airspace Operations Lab will be hosting a MACS workshop at Langley Research Center on January 10-11, 2012.
 
The Airspace Operations Lab hosted a MACS workshop on October 26-27.
 
Airspace Operations Lab members have received the presitgious 2007 Robert J. Collier Trophy, awarded annually "for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles."
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The Airspace Operations Lab evaluates ATM concepts and explores human-system interaction issues in a simulation environment designed to allow rapid prototyping of NextGen concepts. This environment allows simulations of aircraft, ATM systems and communication infrastructure for both current day operations and a variety of future, highly automated concepts. Controller workstations are realistic emulations of today's en route, Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) and oceanic systems, enhanced with various AOL-developed decision support tools and automated functions. Our main research goal is to evaluate future ATM systems and associated human-system interactions. These findings help the ATM community to understand how these potential issues relate to NextGen concepts, and can lead to better understanding of roles and responsibilities for human operators and automation in future ATM systems.
 
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Dynamic Airspace Configuration (DAC)
Dynamic Airspace Configuration (DAC) is an operational paradigm that proposes to migrate from a static airspace to a dynamic airspace capable of adapting to user demand and a variety of changing constraints.
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This MSP concept provides a spectrum of redistributed roles and responsibilities among the air traffic management team members including physical relocation.
Click ot go to Separation Assurance Page We are researching the fundamental problem of human-automation integration and allocation of roles and responsibilities required to achieve the significant capacity increases targeted for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
Super-Density Operations Terminal Area Operations in the Airspace Operations Laboratory is focused on the problem of how to support air traffic controllers in safely and efficiently managing arriving and departing aircraft within a few hundred miles of the airport.
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Curator: Phil So
NASA Official: Everett Palmer
Last Updated: May 6, 2013