NASA to develop large-scale computer simulations of U.S. National Airspace System for test and evaluation

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 9 Dec. 2012. Air traffic management (ATM) experts at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., are surveying industry to find companies able to develop computer simulations of integrated, real-time, and fast-time gate-to-gate airline operations and their performance using real-world inputs from the National Airspace System.

NASA has released a sources-sought notice (NNA13446416L) for the Shadow Mode Assessments Using Realistic Technologies For The National Airspace System project, otherwise known as SMART NAS.

The program seeks to enable plug-and-play of different technologies to operate in real and virtual ways to explore alternative concepts, technologies, and architectures for the U.S. National Airspace System, which is among the most complex systems for controlling commercial, military, and general aviation aircraft in the world.

The NAS, for example, requires about 14,500 air traffic controllers, 4,500 aviation safety inspectors, and 5,800 technicians to operate and maintain aircraft and air services. It has more than 19,000 airports 600 air traffic control facilities, and more than 71,000 pieces of equipment ranging from radar systems to communication relay stations. About 50,000 flights use NAS services every day.

SMART-NAS will help test the feasibility and benefits for potential upgrades to the NAS. The NASA Ames Research Center is seeking capability statements from companies and colleges that address they could contribute to the program.

NASA officials particularly are interested in experience in developing simulation hardware and software for large-scale ATM simulation. NASA also is interested in experience with open-source architecture development; cost estimation of large-scale ATM systems; and benefits of ATM concepts and technologies.

Companies interested should respond no later than Friday 14 Dec. 2012. Email responses to NASA's Christine Martinez at, and include reference NNA13446146L.

For questions or concerns contract contracting officers Christine Martinez by phone at 650-604-5807 or by email at, or Justin Pane by phone at 650-604-5621 or by email at

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