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Air Traffic Management – eXploration (ATM-X) Description

Artist's concept of various types of flying vehicles operating in an urban environment.
Urban air mobility means a safe and efficient system for vehicles, piloted or not, to move passengers and cargo within a city.

The Air Traffic Management – eXploration (ATM-X) 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.

ATM-X also works on technologies to allow the traditional large commercial aircraft to fly more user-preferred routes with improved predictability, resulting in fuel and time savings.

ATM-X is currently in Phase 1 of its research objectives – exploring challenging use cases (e.g., high-density – crowded – vertiport operations for urban air mobility) to identify parameters for best performance and to prioritize the key technical challenges that must be solved in order to achieve those parameters.

In Phase 2, ATM-X will explore solutions to those technical challenges by developing, testing and then transferring key concepts and technologies to stakeholders in the aviation community. Phase 2 will also see demonstrations of:

  • An open architecture approach
  • Integration of air traffic technologies
  • System-wide data use
  • Advances in human-machine teaming
  • Increasingly autonomous decision-making

The goal is to show that these technologies, together, provide comprehensive situational awareness in a more crowded airspace, and improve coordinated decision-making and disruption management through the use of advisories.

ATM-X partners with the FAA to leverage new technologies into their infrastructure modernization investments, and leverages knowledge gained from NASA’s Airspace Technology Demonstrations and System-Wide Safety projects.





Last Updated
Dec 21, 2023
Lillian Gipson