AWARD WINNERS SHOW
computer programs selected as 1998 NASA Software of the Year
award winners are expected to open up promising commercial
applications. One program, which is designed to control air
traffic, is expected to substantially save costs for airlines
and passengers. The other award-winning software, which will
use the Internet for remotely controlling International Space
Station (ISS) experiments, is expected to spawn several new
will grant the awards at this year's Technology 2008 Conference
in Boston, Massachusetts, November 3 through 5. The awards
are given annually to NASA-developed software that has significantly
enhanced the Agency's performance of its mission and helped
American industry maintain its world-class technology status.
a program originally developed to support the science experiments
on the ISS, is considered to be breakthrough and enabling
technology likely to develop commercial markets for web-embedded
remote control mechanisms, especially in the automotive, consumer
electronics, office products and medical industries, according
to a study performed for NASA. The commercial quality software
is fully documented; it installs simply and uses standard
World Wide Web browsers to let users operate the experiments.
Tempest was written by Maria Babula, Lisa Lambert, Joseph
Ponyik and David York of NASA's Lewis Research Center in Cleveland,
Ohio, and Richard A. Tyo of Intel Corporation.
winner, Center TRACON Automation System Software, is a set
of three software tools for managing air traffic control systems
by optimizing flight operations at major airports. It is expected
to save an average of two minutes per flight, in turn saving
money for the airlines and passengers. The Federal Aviation
Administration has chosen the software for immediate implementation
into all major airports, saving as much as $800 million annually.
It has been integrated into the existing radar system at the
Dallas/Ft. Worth airport. Software displays in the control
room supplement the manual air traffic control system. Written
by Michelle Eshow and a team of 37 others at NASA's Ames Research
Center, Moffett Field, California, the software analyzes and
predicts aircraft paths, creates visual representations of
the flow of arriving traffic and provides controllers up-to-the
second advisories of information to pass on to pilots. This
will reduce the time between landings to the minimum possible.
information, contact Brian Dunbar at NASA Headquarters.
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