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The Airspace Operations Lab tests out a new Mobile Operations Facility for National Campaign

On August 11, 2021, members of NASA's Airspace Operations Laboratory (AOL) representing the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign (NC) subproject conducted an initial hardware and software configuration test in the Mobile Operating Facility (MOF) at Armstrong Flight Research Center. The primary focus for AOL researchers was to verify that the MOF met its power, interconnectivity, and role-based needs as a flight test environment for planned AAM test flights, with no reduction in capability or quality from prior tests.

As a part of the test, AOL researchers in the MOF exercised Airspace Operations Management (AOM) operator testing procedures and communication protocols at their workstations, which were configured to needs of AOM system operators. With the virtual support of team members, working from both the AOL lab at Ames as well as from remote locations, the team was able to verify data exchanges between key AOM subsystems-- ADS-B data and simulated position messages were broadcasted to data collection systems, reformatted, propagated to various clients, and visualized on situation awareness displays.

The Mobile Operating Facility (MOF) at Armstrong Flight Research Center
The Mobile Operating Facility (MOF) at Armstrong Flight Research Center.

Point of Contact: Faisal Omar, M.S., Human Systems Integration Division, NASA Ames Research Center
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Last Updated: November 5, 2021