Principal Investigator

James R Murphy
NASA Ames Research Center

Mr. James Murphy is the Project Engineer for Integrated Test and Evaluation for the Unmanned Aircraft System Integration in the National Airspace System project at NASA Ames Research Center. He leads the design and development of the distributed Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) Distributed Test Environment (DTE), which forms the base infrastructure for the UAS/NAS project’s integrated simulations and flight tests by combining live manned and unmanned aircraft positions with virtual background traffic in a virtual air traffic control airspace. In recent years, Mr. Murphy has served as the Software Manager for the Aviation Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center where he lead the effort to redesign the conflict prediction, resolution, and trajectory capabilities of the Center/TRACON (Terminal Radar Approach Control) Automation System, or CTAS. His past efforts with CTAS include development of adaptation support technologies and conducting cost/benefits analyses for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to determine appropriate sites to deploy the Traffic Management Advisor (TMA). Mr. Murphy is an associate fellow with AIAA and holds a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and Economics from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Michigan State University. Beginning in 1994, he has conducted research and development of air traffic management concepts for nearly 20 years in both industry and government positions.

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