Since 1971, Lincoln Laboratory has supported the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the development of new technology for air traffic control. This work initially focused on aircraft surveillance and weather sensing, collision avoidance, and air-ground data-link communication. The program has evolved to include safety applications, decision support services, and air traffic management automation tools. The current program is supporting the FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Key activities include development of the next-generation airborne collision avoidance system; refinement and technology transfer of NextGen weather architectures, including cloud-processing and net-centric data distribution; and development of standards and technology supporting unmanned aerial systems’ integration into civil airspace.

 Lincoln Laboratory's air traffic control simulation facilities are used to design and evaluate new technologies for airport traffic management and integration of unmanned aircraft into civil airspace.

Leadership for Air Traffic Control

Dr. Melissa ChoiDr. Melissa G. Choi Jim FlavinJames M. Flavin

Dr. Marilyn WolfsonDr. Marilyn Wolfson

Dr. James KucharDr. James Kuchar Gregg ShoultsDr. Gregg Shoults


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