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NASA's ATD-2 Aviation Technology to be Implemented at US Airports, Saving time for Air Travelers and Reducing Fuel Use and Emissions

In September, NASA transferred their research findings from the Airspace Technology Demonstration 2 (ATD-2) project to the FAA. NASA and the FAA are now set to continue the rollout of the ATD-2 flight scheduling technology, deploying the surface and metering tools to an initial selection of 27 airports across the United States. As part of this effort, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson met with aviation leaders at Orlando International Airport on November 24, 2021 to discuss the implementation of these new tools.

This aviation tech will improve the reliability and timeliness of air travel for all passengers by reducing runway taxi times and hold times at the gate, while also benefitting the environment by saving fuel, and reducing harmful carbon emissions. As part of a larger program called Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM), set to roll out in 2023, the new technologies will help usher in a new era of improved performance and more sustainable operations.

As experts in effective solutions for future air traffic management systems, NASA's Airspace Operations Laboratory (AOL) was instrumental in the development and evaluation of the various ATD-2 technologies.

To learn more about ATD-2, please visit- https://www.nasa.gov/ames/atd2

To learn more about AOL contributions to the ATD-2 project, please visit- https://hsi.arc.nasa.gov/groups/AOL/research/atd2.php

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Point of Contact: Eric Chevalley, Ph.D., Human Systems Integration Division, NASA Ames Research Center
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Last Updated: December 3, 2021