From helicopters and crop dusters to personal airplanes and increasingly popular drones – air traffic in Iowa and nationwide is getting busier by the day. That’s why the air traffic research being conducted by Iowa State aerospace engineering assistant professors Peng Wei and Kristin Yvonne Rozier is instrumental to the future of flying.
This research is so important, in fact, that their team was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a system designed to manage low-altitude air traffic. “In the United States, low-altitude is pretty busy compared with other countries,” said Wei. “We need to make sure we have a system to monitor this kind of traffic in both local airspace and nationwide, so we can have safe and efficient operations.”
So how will their research accomplish this goal? By providing a software prototype to the Federal Aviation Administration. This software will help monitor flight plans, alert users of possible malfunctions, and help ensure aircrafts can land safely if a problem emerges. As technology improves and more and more types of flying devices enter the air, this software will be a game changer in the field of air traffic control.
Air traffic is just one of the many ways Iowa State researchers are helping our world prepare for whatever the future may hold. When you join us at Iowa State, you can expect to learn from professors who are making an impact – that means you’ll get a unique opportunity to make a difference in our world too. Just think of us as your co-pilot for the adventure of a lifetime.
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