Integration & Evaluation of ADS-B Payloads

The long term goal is to mature the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system by flying it repeatedly in space, using flight data to make future versions lightweight and affordable. The ADS-B could then be manifest on all rocket launches as standard equipment, permitting air traffic control to "track" rocket operations in the national airspace system (NAS). Once procedures and separation standards are developed in conjunction with ADS-B for various classes of rockets, air traffic control would not have to sterilize air space and disrupt other NAS users for most rocket launches (large expendable rockets would be the exception). Most reusable rockets would be able to file a flight plan, making them much easier to launch, as aircraft are today, enabling routine commercial space operations in the NAS.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Program information: Commercial Space Transportation, Commercial Space.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Davidian, Ken

  • Performing Organizations:

    New Mexico State University, Las Cruces

    Las Cruces, NM  United States  88003
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hynes, Patricia

  • Start Date: 20120601
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130531
  • Source Data: RiP Project 34989

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01489582
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 10-C-CST-NMSU
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 13 2013 1:01AM