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Mathematical Sciences

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Dr. David Edwards


Within NASA's Air Traffic Management Technology Demonstration # 1 (ATD-1), Interval Management (IM) is a flight deck tool that enables pilots to achieve or maintain a precise in-trail spacing behind a target aircraft. Previous research has shown that violations of aircraft spacing requirements can occur between an IM aircraft and its surrounding non-IM aircraft when it is following a target on a separate route. This research focused on the experimental design and analysis of a deterministic computer simulation which models our airspace configuration of interest. Using an original space-filling design and Gaussian process modeling, we found that aircraft delay assignments and wind profiles significantly impact the likelihood of spacing violations and the interruption of IM operations. However, we also found that implementing two theoretical advancements in IM technologies can potentially lead to promising results.


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