NASA seeks cloud-based platform for airspace management

NASA’s Ames Research Center is looking for a cloud-based Digital Information Platform (DIP) the aviation community could use to collaboratively develop requirements for an advanced, data-driven, ecosystem to support improved air-traffic decision making as the National Airspace System (NAS) matures.

The introduction of drones and the advances in technologies such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence are allowing a more dense and complex airspace. Such a system requires streamlined data access for conducting integrated operations more collaboratively.

DIP would integrate “key flight information and other data from multiple sources for an accurate and reliable nation-wide stream of live and historical data through the cloud,” NASA said in a March 24 request for information. “This integration and standardization of data can reduce barriers to data access, which currently hinders broader community innovation.”

NASA describes DIP as “more than a database,” allowing service providers, such as fleet operators or those managing airport gates, to use standardized application programming interfaces to select streams for their services.

NASA said it expects much of the system to be hosted in the cloud to support security, accessibility, scalability and synchronization. 

Responses are due May 14. Read the full RFI here.

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