Published in the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) Journal
December 2015


Advanced capabilities planned for the next generation of aircraft and the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) will be based on complex new software. Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) computing platforms already enable the implementation of more functionality in software and tighter integration of these functions to improve aircraft efficiency. In the future, aircraft may use adaptive and intelligent control algorithms to provide enhanced safety and robustness in the presence of failures and adverse flight conditions. Unmanned aircraft will join the National Airspace System (NAS), incorporating advanced control algorithms that will provide enhanced safety, autonomy, and high-level decision-making functions normally performed by human pilots. NextGen will encompass airborne and ground-based nodes with significant computational elements acting in coordination to maintain a safe and efficient airspace.…Read more

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