NEXTOR III is a world-class research consortium of government, universities and private industry capable of addressing the needs of the National Airspace System (NAS) through basic research, modeling and investment analysis. NEXTOR III’s collaborative approach to addressing a wide range of aviation problems provides diverse approaches to solving critical aviation operational problems while promoting increased dialogue within the aviation community.
NEXTOR III is a federal government-academic-industry alliance dedicated to the advancement of aviation research and technology. It receives funding from a broad cross-section of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) programs. Funding is also provided by several NEXTOR III industry partners, airport operators, and other federal government sources, most notably the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Overall NEXTOR III oversight and guidance is provided by the Office of System Operations Services housed within the FAA Air Traffic Organization.
The University of Maryland is the NEXTOR III prime contractor. It is the principal point of contact with the FAA and provides overall contract oversight. NEXTOR III has eight consortium members, each with its own co-director.
NEXTOR III’s research team holds expertise in a wide range of technological areas, including:
• Air traffic management and control
• Safety data analysis
• Communication, data collection, and distribution
• Human factors
• System performance and assessment measures
• Aviation economics