Home News & Insights Enabling the Connected Aircraft of Tomorrow Enabling the Connected Aircraft of Tomorrow Dec 10, 2020 Aviation & Transportation Aerospace Telecommunications To enable a complex array of operations to occur safely and seamlessly, the FAA envisions a fully interconnected system from the Earth’s surface to space. MITRE is helping to enable the connected aircraft of the future. View transcript - The national airspace system is facing an unprecedented challenge: how to enable an increasingly complex array of operations to occur safely and seamlessly? The FAA believes the answer is a fully interconnected system from surface to space. Shared data would be used to create a common real time operational picture of the NAS. It all begins with the connected cockpit. The FAA envisions a future where all vehicles, manned and unmanned, could share trajectory, intent, and location information, both with each other and with air traffic control facilities. They could directly access FAA feeds providing such information as airspace constraints or runway closures. They could communicate across air traffic control sectors to build an end-to-end picture of the flight's planned path. They could exchange information with the entities responsible for coordinating the operations of drones, air taxis, and commercial space vehicles. And they could receive alerts from these vehicles themselves. The MITRE corporation is researching ways to accelerate this transformational shift. We're exploring how mobile devices could augment aircraft avionics. We're examining the capabilities broadband satellite and 5G networks will usher in. We're investigating how piggybacking onto commercial sector communication structures can enable enhanced services. And how all these improvements might be delivered at far lower cost than is possible today. At MITRE, we're embracing the power of open data sharing to revolutionize NAS operations. The future of aviation depends on it.