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Airspace Operations and Safety Program

The Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP) works with the Federal Aviation Administration, industry and academic partners to conceive and develop Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) technologies to further improve the safety of current and future aircraft as they move through the National Airspace System.

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Akbar Sultan

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Cheryl Quinn

Airspace Operations and Safety Program Leadership

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Akbar Sultan, AOSP Director, NASA Aeronautics

Mr. Akbar Sultan


Cheryl Quinn, Deputy Director for Airspace Operations and Safety Program

Cheryl Quinn

Deputy Director


The Airspace Operations and Safety Program currently divides its research portfolio into four projects.

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Advanced Capabilities for Emergency Response (ACERO)

Changes in climate are leading to larger and more frequent wildfires across the globe. Through its Advanced Capabilities for Emergency Response Operations project, NASA is enabling remotely piloted aircraft to identify, monitor and suppress wildfires 24 hours a day.

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Air Mobility Pathfinders (AMP)

NASA’s vision for Air Mobility Pathfinders is to help emerging aviation markets to safely develop an air transportation system that moves people and cargo between places previously not served or underserved by aviation – local, regional, intraregional, and urban locations.

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Air Traffic Management—Exploration (ATM-X)

The Air Traffic Management – eXploration project will transform the air traffic management system to safely accommodate the growing demand of new air vehicles to enter the airspace to perform a variety of missions.

System-Wide Safety (SWS)

The transformation of aviation to make flight more efficient and accessible, even as the global demand for air transportation services steadily increases, will require new research tools, innovative technologies, and operational methods. Enabling this to be done safely is the System-Wide Safety project's goal.

Sky for All

Tomorrow's aviation system is being shaped today. Developing a mid-21st Century Vision for the future aviation system, together. Join us.

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