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The National Airspace System (NAS)


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Shin, 2010 American Astronautical Society Goddard Memorial Symposium

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The National Airspace System (NAS)

  1. 1. The National Airspace System (NAS)
  2. 2. Aviation and NASA <ul><li>The aviation industry is vital to the nation’s economic well-being 1 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aviation directly or indirectly provides 997,000 Americans with jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In 2006, aviation manufacturing and services accounted for $445B in direct and indirect economic activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the U.S., more than 60 certified domestic carriers operate every day and serve around a million travelers daily on 28,000 flights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In 2008, aviation provided the nation with a trade surplus of $57.4B </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NASA’s aeronautics research provides benefits to the public </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Estimated $330M per year National Airspace System (NAS)-wide cost savings with Enroute Descent Advisor (EDA) if fully implemented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Estimated cumulative fuel burn reduction of 40% possible through integration of new aircraft design concepts and technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety research focused on national safety challenges such as icing and system-wide data mining </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support development of biofuel feedstocks by demonstrating the efficient growth of algae in land and ocean-based enclosures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Sources: The International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>U.S. DOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics Research and Innovative Technology Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The Economic Impact of Civil Aviation on the U.S. Economy”, October 2008, FAA Air Traffic Organization </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. ARMD Budget for FY2007-FY2015
  4. 4. FY 2011 Budget Highlights <ul><li>Two new initiatives ($50M per year) will enhance our contributions to NextGen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) integration into the NAS- a five year focused program of systems-level research and demonstration of concepts and technologies that will enable the development and certification of safe, routine operation of unmanned systems in the national airspace. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verification & Validation (V&V) of Aviation Flight Critical Systems- creation of V&V methodologies and concepts to test, validate, and certify complex hardware and software systems that will perform reliably, securely, and safely as intended. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increased support to Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) ($20M per year) to stimulate innovation for reducing emissions and noise such as supporting new research opportunities for advancing alternative fuels and innovation through prize competitions. </li></ul>The 2011 Budget for NASA Aeronautics provides continued emphasis on NASA’s contributions to the NextGen and Green Aviation.