Monday, June 29, 2009

Raytheon-Led Team Wins NASA Award for NextGen Research

Raytheon-Led Team Wins NASA Award for NextGen Research
June 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, -- NASA has selected a team led by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) to develop enhancements to the system-wide modeling and simulation capability in the Airspace Concepts Evaluation System, or ACES.

The plug and play models will help NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and other researchers better understand the tools and concepts needed to support the impacts of NextGen on the National Airspace System. Simulations will increase efficiency by evaluating and analyzing new concepts for future air traffic management operations.

"Raytheon innovation is propelling industry efforts to deliver the NextGen solutions that modernize and transform the National Air Space," said Andy Zogg, vice president of Raytheon Network Centric Systems Command and Control Systems. "Our partnership with NASA will lead to transformational results that accelerate the benefits of increased safety and maximized airspace capacity."

ACES is NASA's real-time computer simulation tool that analyzes local, regional and nationwide factors that contribute to the dynamics of aircraft operations from gate departures and flight paths to landings and gate arrivals. The result is a flexible environment for researchers to identify and test new NextGen air traffic management concepts.

The total contract value of this competitively bid, cost-plus-fixed-fee award is $29.1 million.

The Raytheon team includes Intelligent Automation Inc., Sensis Corporation, Mosaic ATM, Aerospace Computing Inc. and PDA Associates.

Raytheon Company, with 2008 sales of $23.2 billion, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 87 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 73,000 people worldwide.

Note to Editors:

The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is the Federal Aviation Administration's plan to modernize the National Airspace System (NAS) through 2025. Through NextGen, the FAA is addressing the impact of air traffic growth by increasing NAS capacity and efficiency while simultaneously improving safety, reducing environmental impacts, and increasing user access to the NAS. To achieve its NextGen goals, the FAA is implementing new Performance-Based Navigation routes and procedures that leverage emerging technologies and aircraft navigation capabilities.

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