NASA advanced air mobility national campaign expands research activities and adds industry partners

The National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) has chosen thirteen companies and institutions under the Space Act Agreement to define and develop the future of advanced aerial mobility (AAM).

NASA’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign is aimed at accelerating the realization of emerging aviation markets for passenger and cargo transportation.

AAM activities include:

  • Community Planning and Integration Annex, led by the Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Airspace Annex, led by OneSky
  • Infrastructure Annex, led by the University of North Texas – Denton.

US software company ResilienX is among several companies joining the AAM campaign. ResilienX is conducting research, simulations, and operational flight demonstrations supporting multiple elements of NASA’s National Campaign activities.

As a part of these ISSA efforts, ResilienX will integrate its FRAIHMWORK (Fault Recovery and Isolation, Health Monitoring frameWORK) software platform into the various design, simulation and testing activities expected to take place. FRAIHMWORK is used to monitor the health, integrity, and performance of the various ecosystem components and to orchestrate a mitigation response when adverse or off-nominal conditions are encountered.

“We believe that safety assurance capabilities need to be pervasive and horizontally integrated throughout the AAM ecosystem. NASA’s support on these concepts has been incredible and we are starting to see them come to fruition,” says Andrew Carter, Co-Founder and CTO of ResilienX. “As a part of almost every facet of the National Campaign, we will work with NASA and our partners on the edge cases, adverse conditions, and failure modes that these AAM operations are likely to encounter during real world operations. The ability to detect and address these situations safely must be proven to regulators for AAM to be fully realised.”

Among other participants, the Boeing SparkCognition company is part of National Campaign-1 (NC-1), selected to develop future airspace system capabilities based on its AerialOS platform. NC-1 will include flight demonstrations and simulations at test sites around the country over several months in 2022.

As an infrastructure and airspace partner, SkyGrid will collaborate with NASA to address key safety and integration challenges necessary to develop aviation markets for passenger and cargo transportation. SkyGrid will also focus on critical operational challenges such as air to air conflict management, community impact, interoperability among novel vehicles, airspace management systems, and urban infrastructure.

“We are excited to work with NASA and be part of the Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign. Together, we will define when, where and how to safely and securely integrate manned and unmanned vehicles in our national and global airspace.” said Amir Husain, CEO and founder of SkyGrid. “With our fast-maturing AerialOS platform, SkyGrid is already working to unlock the future of mobility. This partnership with NASA will allow us to more broadly collaborate with key industry participants and demonstrate the progress SkyGrid has made in a very brief time.”

“The National Campaign team is excited to conduct operational flight demonstrations with the first Advanced Air Mobility integrated experimental ecosystem for the urban environment that connects airspace providers, infrastructure services, and a UAM vehicle in real time,” said Starr Ginn, AAM National Campaign lead.

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