NASA Airspace Operations and Safety Program Research & Development Partnership Workshop

Meet with NASA to discuss the future of the NAS: how to accommodate a diverse mix of airspace uses while maintaining highly efficient, safe, predictable, agile, and affordable airspace operation systems.

April 10-12, 2018

NASA Ames Conference Center
Building 152
NASA Ames Research Park, Moffett Field, CA

In support of keeping an open dialogue with the aviation and research communities to help guide NASA research investments for developing solutions to current and future aviation challenges, we invite you to participate in this R&D Partnership Workshop.

As we enter a new era of aviation, there is a growing demand for access to the national airspace system (NAS) from new entrants, the need for better efficiency and economy—especially the Northeast Corridor, and the top priority of safety among all users. NASA is seeking input from stakeholders as we examine these issues and explore strategies to meet the demands and opportunities of future airspace operations. Join us for a three-day workshop, and be part of the outcome.


Researchers and project managers from the ATM-X (Air Traffic Management – eXploration), SWS (System-Wide Safety), UTM (Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management), and ATD (Airspace Technology Demonstrations) projects will lead plenary and break-out sessions along with invited speakers to discuss topics, including:

  • Scalability of air traffic management systems to accommodate new entrants.
  • Efficiency improvements, particularly for the Northeast Corridor.
  • Access to national airspace for current and new entrants.
  • Critical needs for system-wide safety assurance.
  • Policy issues and smart city requirements.

Who Should Attend

  • New market entrants
  • Traditional Airspace users
  • Municipal policy makers


  • Understand new operating paradigms for future airspace operations.
  • Identify parameters and critical needs for real-time, system-wide safety monitoring.
  • Discuss technology, architectures, services, and data management options.
  • Prioritize challenges, expectations, and future demonstrations.
  • Explore partnership opportunities with U.S. industry, government entities, and academia.