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FY21 Achievements in Aerospace and Transportation

This paper offers a retrospective of FY21 achievements in MITRE’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development.

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As 2021 ended, the world continued to face significant challenges with the COVID pandemic. Despite the numerous hurdles COVID still poses, it is also a time for innovation and growth. Since the Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) was established as the FAA’s federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we have worked to improve the safety, security, efficiency, and resiliency of the global transportation system. For over 60 years, our work has helped to ensure the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world, and we are proud to be the FAA’s mission partner.

While this report is a retrospective of FY21 accomplishments, it also offers a view of what’s to come in the years ahead: advancing the National Airspace System (NAS) future vision, optimizing safe and efficient transportation operations, and defining the next level of safety across the transportation domain. Today’s complex challenges offer the chance to be bold, and we are ready to seize the moment, working across the FAA as well as with international aerospace stakeholders and industry.