NASA and the JPDO |
In 2003, Transportation Secretary Minetta, announced a new interagency
initiative called the Joint Planning Office (JPO) for the Next Generation
Air Transportation System (now called NextGen). This was done in
acknowledgment that the National Airspace System (NAS) is expected to
triple in size by 2025 and that, at the expected rate of growth, it would
exceed its capacity by the middle of the next decade. Charter members of this
Office were the DOT (FAA), DOC (NOAA), DOD, DHS, NASA, and the White House Office of Science and Technology.
Principal representatives were identified by each agency, and the Associate
Administrator for Aeronautics Research was named as the NASA principal.
A year later, the JPO was redesignated as the Joint Planning and Development
Office (JPDO), which took-up offices at 1500 K St. NW in Washington, DC.
The JPDO chartered a number of Integrated Process Teams to prepare NextGen
plans. ASAP participates in two of these IPTs – Weather and Environmental
Impacts. The Weather IPT is lead by Mark Andrews, who is detailed to the FAA
under an Interagency Personnel Assignment (IPA) from the NOAA NWS.
The Environmental Impacts IPT is lead by Carl Burleson of the FAA.
The primary foci of the Weather IPT include observations,
forecasting, Air Traffic Management (ATM) integration and information
dissemination, all centered around the development of 4-dimensional, high
spatial and temporal resolution, probabilistic weather data for a NextGen
Network-Enabled Weather (NNEW) System. John Murray, the NASA ASAP project
manager and Mark Weber of MIT Lincoln laboratory were selected in 2003 to
co-chair the Weather IPT’s Observations Sub-Team. In 2004, the NASA Science
Mission Directorate assigned its Aviation Applications Program manager,
John Haynes, as the NASA principal to the Weather IPT. The Observations
Sub-Team comprises 35 scientists from government, academia and industry who
are working in concert with the NOAA National Weather Service Branch and
other JPDO Weather IPT Sub-Teams to develop and manage a NextGen Observations
Plan containing an aviation microscale observation matrix for NextGen, which is
to be mirrored in the NOAA Consolidated Observations Requirements List (CORL).
In 2006, ASAP co-sponsored the Environmental Impact IPTs first meeting in Cambridge,
MA, which was a workshop on the effects of aviation on climate and air quality.
In 2007, NASA SMD agreed to formally join the EI IPT, and a number of NASA
Applied Sciences and ASAP personnel were assigned. Dr. Teresa Fryberger was
invited to join the EI IPT Steering Committee. John Haynes was invited to join
the Science and Metrics Sub-Team. ASAP personnel at NASA Langley Research
Center are assisting the Sub-Team to develop its road maps for climate and air
quality. They have provided a number of scientists to three Science and Metrics
working groups – Climate, Air Quality and Particulates, and are also reviewing
climate impacts proposals submitted to the FAA in conjunction with their EI IPT