New NASA Field Demo Tests Software to Reduce Airport Delays04:33

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Published on January 7, 2018

You’re on board an aircraft at the gate. Seat belts are all fastened and you’re ready to go. But then you wait. Finally you leave the gate and move out onto the tarmac. And wait. Why the delays? It’s all in the timing. Right now NASA is testing a software solution at Charlotte Douglas International Airport that coordinates the schedules between different “drivers” at the airport – the FAA controllers for traffic arriving and departing; the airline controllers for traffic on the airport’s surface. The goal? Get everyone to collaborate by sharing the same information about where an aircraft is, where it needs to be and when it needs to be there.

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