Hyper-spectral networking concept of operations and future air traffic management simulations

Paul Davis, Benjamin Boisvert
2017 2017 IEEE/AIAA 36th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC)  
The NASA sponsored Hyper-Spectral Communications and Networking for Air Traffic Management (ATM) (HSCNA) project is conducting research to improve the operational efficiency of the future National Airspace System (NAS) through diverse and secure multi-band, multi-mode, and millimeter-wave (mmWave) wireless links. Worldwide growth of air transportation and the coming of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will increase air traffic density and complexity. Safe coordination of aircraft will require
more » ... aft will require more capable technologies for communications, navigation, and surveillance (CNS). The HSCNA project will provide a foundation for technology and operational concepts to accommodate a significantly greater number of networked aircraft. This paper describes two of the HSCNA project's technical challenges. The first technical challenge is to develop a multi-band networking concept of operations (ConOps) for use in multiple phases of flight and all communication link types. This ConOps will integrate the advanced technologies explored by the HSCNA project and future operational concepts into a harmonized vision of future NAS communications and networking. The second technical challenge discussed is to conduct simulations of future ATM operations using multi-band/multi-mode networking and technologies. Large-scale simulations will assess the impact, compared to today's system, of the new and integrated networks and technologies under future air traffic demand. Keywords-aviation networking concept of operation, communication link modeling, air traffic management simulation, autonomous aircraft operations, unmanned aircraft systems
doi:10.1109/dasc.2017.8102044 fatcat:o5ruc5ckvzbglouaciphpg27qy