The aviation world is expanding at 8.3% per annum. In 2013, there were approximately 200 thousand flights operating on a daily basis, during peak time, carrying 8 million passengers and 140 thousand tons of cargo contributing to over 57 million jobs and generating over two trillion USD a year in economic activity.
With over 10,000 aircraft in the air at peak time and an expected growth of 8.3% yearly over the next three years, there is an alarming urgency to develop programs to decrease airspace congestion, thus forcing many technological aerospace companies to develop advanced software programs to make our skies safer. And we can all proudly say that NASA being at the forefront of aerospace technology keeps developing advance aerospace programs for the safety of the aviation world.
Reforming airspace, navigation
On the 14th of July, NASA delivered to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) the latest Terminal Sequencing and Spacing technology (TSS). The TSS is NASA support of the Next Generation Air Transportation System that will help to build upon the standards to assist with the changing of flight-path and reduce flight altitude.
The TSS Software is designed to enable air traffic controllers to manage the spacing between aircraft resulting in fewer course and altitude changes, reducing communication exchange, saving time, fuel consumption and reducing fuel emission. UK’s Civil Aviation Authority says that this new technology will allow the implementation of different airspace structures, allowing aircraft to operate much safer using an onboard 3D flight-path program.
Over the next five years the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hopes to modernize the current air traffic control system by implementing the TSS to Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) worldwide. And assist air traffic controllers with enough technical information to be able to assign the speed of the aircraft to a pilot, at least 50 Km prior to descending and landing onto the airport runway.
Thanks to NASA, continuing effort to develop advanced aerospace technology; we can all feel much safer in the air. By the way, a rocket scientist working for NASA, Dr. Parimal Kopardekar plans to build a highway in the sky.
But that’s another story.