Raytheon is leading a research team of industry experts that will examine the impact of new classes of aircraft on America’s next generation air transport system. The NextGen project will examine four new classes of aircraft: very light jets, super heavy transports, UAVs and supersonic transports, which are likely to enter already-crowded skies.

“In 10-20 years we expect more than one billion passengers will travel annually by air and thousands of new consumer jets will fill the skies,” says Andy Zogg, Raytheon’s vice president of airspace management and homeland security. “We are committed to working with NASA and our partners to help address the complex issues facing the modernisation of our air transport system.”

Raytheon’s research will augment NASA’s simulated model of the national airspace system to see how the new aircraft will impact NextGen.

Source: Flight International