UTM Project Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM)

UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Project Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) - Tuesday, 2/23/2021

Event Background: 

In 2015, NASA began research on technology, performance requirements, and procedures to enable civil UAS operations in low altitude airspace. A Research Transition Team (RTT) was established to coordinate the NASA and FAA efforts for exploring a new paradigm in air traffic management that will integrate the anticipated new volume of small UAS operations into the NAS without overtaxing the current ATM system.

NASA's research concept specifically addressed small UAS Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations below 400 feet in airspace that contains low-density manned aircraft operations. NASA developed a phased approach for its UTM development and testing, building from rural to urban environments and from low- to high-density airspaces. This progression of Technical Capability Levels (TCL) brought in industry partners to assure the concept would enable their business cases and spur innovative solutions. The TCLs ranged from low risk Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) operations to complex operations in high density urban environments (visual representation available here). 

The testing culminated in demonstrations in downtown Reno, NV, and Corpus Cristi, TX, in 2019. Results from the TCLs have been published and technology transfers to the FAA of the UTM system concept, designs, and software concluded in 2020. The UTM demonstrations showed that a highly automated, federated, service-based architecture is feasible for safely managing future small UAS traffic demands. The UTM concept has been further tested by the FAA with NASA collaboration in the UTM Pilot Program Phases 1 and 2. 

The UTM concept became a starting point for researching traffic management for other vehicle types and airspace domains such as Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and High Class E airspace under either BVLOS or VLOS conditions. Whereas the UTM project is sunsetting in mid-2021, NASA will continue to coordinate with the FAA and UAS community to advance the UAS Traffic Management ecosystem. 

Want to learn more? Visit: UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Project | NASA


A one-day Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) was held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 to provide an opportunity to share insights into the research conducted, lessons learned, and next steps toward the future of UTM. Please see the recordings and presentation materials below. 

 

UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Project Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) Recordings and Presentation Materials: 

 

February 23, 2021

Topic

Speaker

Time

Presentation Materials

Session

Recordings

Event Welcome & Logistics

Jaewoo Jung

10 minutes

N/A

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NASA ARMD Welcome

Robert Pearce

10 minutes

N/A

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NASA AOSP Welcome

Akbar Sultan

10 minutes

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Project Overview & History

Joey Rios

Jaewoo Jung

30 minutes

Available Here

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Concepts & Use Cases

Jeff Homola

30 minutes

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FAA Address on UTM Importance

Jay Merkle

10 minutes

N/A

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System Architecture & Data Transfers

Joey Rios

30 minutes

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Sense & Avoid/Conflict Management

Marcus Johnson

30 minutes

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Communication & Navigation

Jaewoo Jung

30 minutes

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Q&A (for morning topics)

All the Above

30 minutes

N/A

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Technical Capability Levels (TCL) Test Summary

Arwa Aweiss

30 minutes

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Flight Tests (Part 1)

Corey Ippolito

25 minutes

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Flight Tests (Part 2)

Lou Glaab

25 minutes

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Human Factors

Lynne Martin

20 minutes

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Modeling & Simulation

Min Xue

20 minutes

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FAA UPP 2.0

Praveen Raju

30 minutes

Available Here

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Q&A (for afternoon topics)

All the Above

30 minutes

N/A

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Panel:

Global Impact of UTM

 

Moderator: Joey Rios

Jeff Homola, NASA

Amit Ganjoo, ANRA

Phil Kenul, ASTM F38 Committee

John Coggin, VA Test Site

Sebastian Babiarz, GUTMA

Reinaldo Negron, Wing

60 minutes

N/A

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Summary & Wrap Up

Jaewoo Jung

Cheryl Quinn

Ron Johnson

10 minutes

N/A

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