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UNO lands NASA grant

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New Orleans, La. - NASA awards the University of New Orleans a 3-year $1.5 million grant to help improve the nation's air traffic system.

UNO says its researchers will develop solutions to improve the efficiency and safety of the next generation air traffic control system called "NextGen."

One goal is to give pilots more power to fly their planes, rather than simply following instructions from air traffic controllers.

The project will be led by X. Rong Li, an electrical engineering professor. UNO researchers will be joined by colleagues from LSU and Southern University.

"Air traffic demand in the United States has been forecast to double by the year 2025, and the current system is already strained and cannot scale to meet this demand," Li said. "Our project will enable heavier yet safer air traffic. It will not only help pilots but also the entire next-generation air traffic system."

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