NASA selects Sensis for NextGen research

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US space agency NASA has chosen Sensis as a partner for its super density operations airspace design (SDOAD).

Under the agreement Sensis is tasked with developing airspace definitions, including procedures and routes, which will enable NASA to more effectively research next generation air traffic control (NextGen) concepts to raise capacity at high volume and complex airports.

Sensis plans to model arrival and departure traffic routes for six major Southern California metroplex airports including Los Angeles International, Burbank, Ontario, Long Beach, Santa Ana and San Diego.

Through the arrival and departure modelling, Sensis and NASA will characterize traffic flow route and altitude ranges, analysis, modelling and design of continuous descent and standard arrival procedures and future departure procedures, and trajectory based evaluation of the modelled procedures.

"This project looks at a complex high traffic metroplex to identify the individual operational characteristics that need to be taken into account to accurately test NextGen capacity improvement concepts before the concepts are further matured," says Sensis.