Advanced Aerospace Research


FRA provides aviation subject matter experts, air traffic controllers, ramp controllers and dispatchers, acoustic, human factors, and systems engineers to NASA and the aerospace industry in support of advanced research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E).  Our staff at the NASA Ames Simulation Laboratories provides over 20,000 hours of technical expertise and services per year.  Projects supported by FRA include:


UAS Integration Into the National Airspace System

Terminal Area Precision Scheduling System

Terminal Area Parallel Procedures Research (TAPPR)

Aviation Cognitive Engineering

3D-Path Arrival Management (3DPAM)

Trajectory-Based Automation System (TBAS)

SARDA - Spot and Runway Departure Advisor

Integrated Resilient Aircraft Control (IRAC)

Robust Automation Human Systems (RAHS)


  • Research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E)
  • Commercial space industry and focus on integrated with the NAS
  • General and Transport aviation flight safety
  • Virtual air traffic control solutions