Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI) conducts research and develops cutting-edge Air Traffic Management tools for both NASA and the FAA to solve NextGen design and analysis problems in the aviation community.
IAI has considerable expertise in Air Traffic Management (ATM), in developing cutting-edge tools for both NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and using them to solve topical problems in the aviation community. Our team of researchers and engineers have experience developing several tools, including NASA’s Airspace Concepts Evaluation System (ACES), NASA’s Multi-Aircraft Control System (MACS), the Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Aviation Environmental Design Toolkit (AEDT), the FAA’s TARGETS system, and NASA’s Air Traffic Operations System (ATOS). In addition, we have expertise in developing a number of visualization and analytical tools to better understand and translate the large quantity of data produced by these models into actionable information for aviation decision makers.
IAI also conducts research into all aspects of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) impact studies regarding communication, loss of separation, and UAS vehicle modeling. Our research and development efforts have been published in leading aviation conferences and journals and we contribute to industry forums dedicated to advancing the state-of-the-art in aerospace development.
The Aviation and Aerospace Analysis group supports the efforts at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in a wide range of ways, including working with LaRC on a variety of airspace studies using Airspace Concepts Evaluation System (ACES) and other models. We also support studies of UAS-controlled airspace integration efforts through our Hampton, VA office. We support the NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) in developing key pieces of the architecture for ACES and provide guidance and ongoing studies for the FAA Joint Planning and Development Organization (JPDO). We provide support to NASA through collaborations with Raytheon and Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT). As a member of Exelis’ Incorporated’s SE2020 team, IAI contributes advanced airspace design and studies to Exelis and the FAA. Other collaborators include Vantage Partners, CSSI, Volpe, ITT, Metron Aviation, QinetiQ NA, Wyle, UC Santa Cruz, and Purdue University.
Examples of our work
UAS-Max is a UAS demand forecast generation tool that provides NAS stakeholders with sample datasets that can be used to model and study the impact of UAS flights in controlled Airspace. UAS-Max provides users with critical data, such as mission characteristics, mission specific demand estimates, aircraft types, flight routes, departure/arrival airports and other flight plan data.
KTG, the Kinematic Trajectory Generator, computes the state of an aircraft, based on performance information provided by the Base of Aircraft Data (BADA). KTG works in stand-alone format or with ACES integration, where it computes an aircraft’s trajectory from wheels-off to wheels-on. KTG is ideal for NextGen airspace studies, and is one of the trajectory generators embedded within the NASA ACES program.
AVT, the Airspace Visualization Tool, projects flight tracks onto pilot charts, including VFR and IFR charts, ground terrain images, and maps. AVT can be used to insert new GPS-based waypoints and change arrival, departure and airways. The result can be fed into ACES, and then using AACT, the ACES output can be fed to AEDT to examine the performance and environmental impact of proposed airspace changes.
ACES -> AEDT
The ACES->AEDT conversion tool (AACT) automatically collects information from a number of sources including ACES output, airport databases, airframe information, and formats an input file for AEDT. This tool allows analysts to run a “360-degree” evaluation of NextGen concepts, and compute performance metrics using ACES and environmental metrics using AEDT.
UFD, the UAS Future Demand Generator, allows analysts to project the departure and arrival airports, as well as departure and arrival times and routes of flight, for future UAS aircraft operating in the civil aviation system. It computes future UAS demand from current aircraft production and conversion numbers.
CybelePro®’s agent infrastructure is used extensively by academia, industry, and government for applications such as robotics, data-mining, modeling & simulation, and control of air and ground transportation systems, communication networks and cross-enterprise systems.
IAI researchers are skilled at developing distributed as well as stand-alone and net-based aviation analysis tools, using our expertise in aircraft trajectory generation and performance analysis. Our team is also well versed with Java, C++, and third-party programming environments applied to aviation problems, and with software issue management, bug tracking, and configuration control. IAI researchers have experience in integrating the FAA’s TARGETS tool, ACES, and the DoT’s AEDT tool into a seamless system that allows airspace designers to seamlessly run performance evaluations as well as environmental evaluations of the TARGETS-designed proposed changes in route design.
IAI is committed to aiding the aerospace community in quantifying and solving the issues associated with the integration of UAS aircraft into the National Airspace System. Working collaboratively with NASA, the FAA, and industry groups such as RTCA, IAI researchers and scientists provide the analysis capability and expert judgment needed to address these issues. We have considerable expertise in UAS safety analysis, future projections of UAS flights, UAS demand generation, and remote pilot communication issues with UAS.
IAI researchers and scientists actively investigate various issues surrounding the implementation of the Next Generation Airspace System (NextGen). We possess expertise in operational concept development for NextGen technologies and the evaluation of proposed Operational Concepts in a future simulated world. We have experience with aviation weather analysis, particularly in weather forecasting and planning issues faced by pilots. We work on route design and planning in the terminal area or enroute, as well as on new airspace procedure evaluation from a performance and environmental perspective.
IAI exploits its suite of modeling tools, including the tightly integrated suite of TARGETS, ACES, and AEDT, to investigate both near-term and far-term concepts from an airspace performance as well as an environmental impact perspective. IAI’s primary vehicles for NextGen concept development are TARGETS, ACES, AEDT, ATOS, and MACS, as well as a number of IAI-developed visualization and analytical tools.
IAI remains committed to reducing the costs of modeling and simulation activities by re-using existing models where possible, and integrating models into a larger infrastructure where needed. We have expertise in model integration, both in real-time and offline, and in analyzing concepts using disparate models with common assumptions.