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NASA Langley Uses MAK RTI to Implement HLA in Large Scale Air Traffic Management Simulations

MAK Brings Simulation Interoperability Technology into the Area of ATM

Cambridge, Mass., November 10, 2011 – VT MAK (MAK), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that the Air Traffic Operations Laboratory (ATOL) at NASA Langley has chosen the MAK Run Time Infrastructure (RTI) to implement High Level Architecture (HLA) in its Air Traffic Management (ATM) simulations. This HLA network will help create a realistic air traffic simulation environment by linking together over 500 individual flight simulators.

ATOL at NASA Langley studies how to make air traffic safe and more efficient; it is designed to explore inter-aircraft, aircraft/airspace, and air/ground interactions. Its goal is to provide a better understanding of the roles, responsibilities, and requirements for automation and human-operators in future ATM systems. 

The lab has developed large scale and distributed simulation capabilities to investigate the feasibility of such complex distributed-authority operational concepts. These capabilities facilitate system-level design by simulating how the system would operate, in addition to establishing the credibility of new ATM concepts for researchers, policy makers, and operational personnel.

“We are delighted that NASA Langley’s Air Traffic Operations Laboratory has chosen the MAK RTI to implement HLA in their ATM simulation environment. We are pleased to bring the robust simulation interoperability technology developed for the military into the area of ATM.”

~Warren KATZ, Chief Executive Officer, VT MAK

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The Airspace Operations Lab at NASA Langley evaluates air traffic management (ATM) concepts and explores human-system interaction issues in a multi-fidelity human-in-the-loop simulation environment designed to allow rapid prototyping of NextGen concepts. This environment allows simulations of aircraft, ATM systems and communication infrastructure for both current day operations and a variety of future, highly automated concepts. Controller workstations are realistic emulations of today's en route and Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) systems. They also include a full suite of advanced decision support tools and automated functions for conflict detection and resolution, trajectory planning, and managing advanced levels of airborne equipage.

VT MAK helps customers deliver simulation systems. Leveraging a strong foundation of COTS software products and custom developed system components, MAK works with customers to build and populate compelling 3D simulated environments in which users train, plan, analyze, experiment, prototype, and demonstrate. MAK’s primary users are in the aerospace and defense industry, yet the company’s products and services can be used anywhere modeling and simulation is needed. Thousands of customers worldwide use MAK products, including the world’s ten largest defense contractors. VT MAK is a company of VT Systems. Please visit 

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors.  VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit 

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