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Project Title:

Aviation Safety Assurance
PIN: DEPS-ASEB-16-02        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Aeronautics & Space Engineering Board DEPS

RSO: Angleman, Alan

Subject/Focus Area: Engineering and Technology; Space and Aeronautics

Project Scope
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will convene an ad hoc committee to create a national research agenda for the development of the suite of tools needed to support a prototype integrated safety monitoring and assurance system that detects, predicts, and prevents safety problems in the national airspace system in real time, particularly with regard to the safety of commercial transports. The recommended research agenda will consist of a set of research projects, grouped by priority, to achieve this goal. In particular the committee will:

1. Review the following:

      a. Current processes for providing real-time system-wide safety assurance for the national airspace system.

      b. Current goals and plans by government, industry, and academia regarding the advancement of tools, technologies, and processes that specifically address real-time system-wide safety assurance for the national airspace system, including ongoing research by NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate and that portion of the NASA Technology Roadmap for Aeronautics that specially addresses system-wide safety assurance.

      c. Expectations regarding advances of broadly applicable technology that could be used to advance real-time system-wide safety assurance capabilities. Areas of interest include sensing, computing, communications, and analytics as well as safety assurance technologies and capabilities for non-aviation applications.

      d. NASA’s vision for advances in system-wide safety assurance over the near-term, mid-term, and far-term.

2. Outline a national research agenda that will demonstrate the feasibility of real-time system-wide safety assurance of the national airspace system, as follows:

      a. Comment on NASA’s vision for development of real-time system-wide safety assurance capabilities.

      b. Identify technical, economic, regulatory, and policy barriers to developing and demonstrating advanced technologies and capabilities to achieve the vision.

      c. Recommend a research agenda consisting of a set of recommended research projects, grouped by priority, to overcome the barriers and achieve the vision for real-time system-wide safety assurance. The agenda should be developed with due consideration of the resources and organizational partnerships required to complete the projects included in the agenda. The research agenda should, as appropriate, describe the potential contributions and roles of U.S. research organizations, including NASA, other federal agencies, industry, and academia.

Project Duration: 18 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 01/19/2017
 Meeting 2 - 01/23/2017
 Meeting 3 - 02/08/2017
 Meeting 4 - 03/15/2017
 Meeting 5 - 05/10/2017
 Meeting 6 - 07/17/2017


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