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Understanding and Utilizing Digital Twins for NAS Research

By David Tuomey , Elisabeth Kim

The concept of the digital twin holds great promise for aviation and air traffic research.

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The concept of the digital twin was first introduced in 2002, and since then, a variety of industries have used digital twins to monitor and control their sys­tems, optimize their processes, make data-driven predictions or decisions in real time, or inform the design of new products, services, and business models. The benefits of employing digital twins become especially pronounced when dealing with large, complex systems or systems of systems. Given its many applications and benefits, it’s time to consider applying the digital twin concept to National Airspace System (NAS) research.

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