Raytheon Team Wins $14.9 Million NASA Task Order For Research and Development of Airborne Technology

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Raytheon Company

    MARLBORO, Mass., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Raytheon Company (NYSE:   RTNA, RTNB) has been awarded a $14.9 million
 development task order from NASA's Ames Research Center for research and
 development of airborne technology to support the National Airspace System
 (NAS) of 2015.
     Under NASA's air traffic management system development and integration
 (ATMSDI) contract, this task order will focus on the development of airborne
 tools and technology and their use in performance of research for
 investigation of the technical requirements, feasibility and potential
 benefits of the distributed air/ground traffic management (DAG TM) concept.
 DAG TM is based on the fundamental concept that all air traffic system
 participants can be used as information suppliers as well as users, thereby
 enabling collaboration and cooperation in all levels of air traffic management
 decision making. Successful operation in this environment will be achieved
 through new procedural and technological innovations including air traffic
 automation aids, information sharing and communications, navigation and
 surveillance/air traffic management (CNS/ATM) technologies.  This task
 supports research at NASA's Langley Research Center. NASA Langley activities
 focus on determining feasibility of these distributed air/ground traffic
 management concepts and developing the airborne technologies to support them.
     "Raytheon, NASA and the FAA are committed to this research and development
 aimed at future NAS operational concepts," said Bob Eckel, Raytheon's vice
 president of Domestic ATC Programs.  "This effort is a critical step toward
 the future of free flight and evaluates the concept of distributing the
 responsibility and capability for air traffic management between aircraft and
 ground based air traffic control to increase capacity and efficiency."
     The Raytheon-led team for the research and development of future NAS
 operational concepts includes Smiths Industries, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Seagull
 Technology, Los Gatos, Calif.; SAIC, Arlington, Va.; Titan Corp, Billerica,
 Mass., as well as representation from major universities and airlines.  The
 effort will be managed by Raytheon's domestic air traffic control business
 area in Marlboro, Mass.
     NASA and Raytheon, under the ATMSDI contract, continue the development of
 new concepts, technology and tools for collaborative decision making, airspace
 modeling and design, flight deck systems, aviation human factors, complex
 airspace management, airline operations center systems, and air/ground air
 traffic control automation.
     "NASA, FAA and Raytheon ATMSDI efforts will lead to increased runway
 throughput at capacity-constrained airports, safe operation across boundaries
 of free-flight and capacity-constrained flight regions, improved effectiveness
 of high density operations (e.g., Northeast Corridor) and lower operating
 costs through better routing," said Eckel.
     With headquarters in Lexington, Mass., Raytheon Company is a global
 technology leader in defense, government and commercial electronics, and
 business and special mission aircraft.
 
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     202.314.3780
 
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    MARLBORO, Mass., April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Raytheon Company (NYSE:   RTNA, RTNB) has been awarded a $14.9 million
 development task order from NASA's Ames Research Center for research and
 development of airborne technology to support the National Airspace System
 (NAS) of 2015.
     Under NASA's air traffic management system development and integration
 (ATMSDI) contract, this task order will focus on the development of airborne
 tools and technology and their use in performance of research for
 investigation of the technical requirements, feasibility and potential
 benefits of the distributed air/ground traffic management (DAG TM) concept.
 DAG TM is based on the fundamental concept that all air traffic system
 participants can be used as information suppliers as well as users, thereby
 enabling collaboration and cooperation in all levels of air traffic management
 decision making. Successful operation in this environment will be achieved
 through new procedural and technological innovations including air traffic
 automation aids, information sharing and communications, navigation and
 surveillance/air traffic management (CNS/ATM) technologies.  This task
 supports research at NASA's Langley Research Center. NASA Langley activities
 focus on determining feasibility of these distributed air/ground traffic
 management concepts and developing the airborne technologies to support them.
     "Raytheon, NASA and the FAA are committed to this research and development
 aimed at future NAS operational concepts," said Bob Eckel, Raytheon's vice
 president of Domestic ATC Programs.  "This effort is a critical step toward
 the future of free flight and evaluates the concept of distributing the
 responsibility and capability for air traffic management between aircraft and
 ground based air traffic control to increase capacity and efficiency."
     The Raytheon-led team for the research and development of future NAS
 operational concepts includes Smiths Industries, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Seagull
 Technology, Los Gatos, Calif.; SAIC, Arlington, Va.; Titan Corp, Billerica,
 Mass., as well as representation from major universities and airlines.  The
 effort will be managed by Raytheon's domestic air traffic control business
 area in Marlboro, Mass.
     NASA and Raytheon, under the ATMSDI contract, continue the development of
 new concepts, technology and tools for collaborative decision making, airspace
 modeling and design, flight deck systems, aviation human factors, complex
 airspace management, airline operations center systems, and air/ground air
 traffic control automation.
     "NASA, FAA and Raytheon ATMSDI efforts will lead to increased runway
 throughput at capacity-constrained airports, safe operation across boundaries
 of free-flight and capacity-constrained flight regions, improved effectiveness
 of high density operations (e.g., Northeast Corridor) and lower operating
 costs through better routing," said Eckel.
     With headquarters in Lexington, Mass., Raytheon Company is a global
 technology leader in defense, government and commercial electronics, and
 business and special mission aircraft.
 
     Contact:
     Blanche Necessary
     202.314.3780
 
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