Sensis, Syracuse, N.Y., and its partners will study the impact new aircraft types will have on efficiencies and safety gained from FAA’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (Next Gen). Under terms of a contract awarded by NASA in July, Sensis will use modeling and simulation to study what the impact of these emerging aircraft – including supersonic transports and low-flying air vehicles – will have on system performance, environmental efficiency and safety assurance. "This project lies at the intersection of exciting developments in aircraft designs and the significant changes to the NAS that lie ahead," said Marc Viggiano, Sensis senior vice president and chief strategy officer. "This research will provide the framework to ensure that these new aircraft types and their anticipated effects on the NAS are provided for in the ongoing development of NextGen solutions that address capacity, efficiency, environmental performance, safety and security." Sensis’ team includes Georgia Tech, CSSI, Inc., ATAC Corp., L-3 Communications, Honeywell and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.