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“SWIMLINK” Secure Airborne HTTP Data Communications. Demonstration and Prototyping Information Exchange Briefing. Dave Loda, Center for NCPS Research, LLC. May 26, 2010. Description.

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swimlink secure airborne http data communications

“SWIMLINK”Secure Airborne HTTP Data Communications

Demonstration and Prototyping Information Exchange Briefing

Dave Loda, Center for NCPS Research, LLC

May 26, 2010


PROJECT GOAL:To demonstrate the feasibility of using aircraft as http server-based secure nodes on the SWIM network for 2 way information exchange

  • Borrows from proven DOD SIPRNET, popular web applications in a secure, federated http “FIPRNET” approach
  • Allows for fast-track testing and deployment of cockpit tools and new business support models in NextGen
  • CRDA efforts at WJHTC, initial applications in weather and aircraft support maintenance
key players
Key Players
  • CRDA for NextGen Development
    • William J Hughes Technical Center
    • Center for NCPS Research
      • Dave Loda
    • FAA Weather Office
      • Tom Ryan
  • Project Support
    • NASA LaRC
major milestones goals
Major Milestones/Goals
  • Demonstrate secure http-based capability for an aircraft as a node in NextGen SWIM
    • Micro-webserver test system with cellular, satellite
    • Ground, mobile lab and airborne testing
    • Application testing, including wireless cockpit devices, RFID, cargo threat detection, other
    • SIPRNET-like encryption & testing of data network
    • UAV-airliner-ground weather probe data links
accomplishments to date
Accomplishments To Date

FEB 08 - Initial idea to adapt maintenance airborne micro-webserver for weather data applications conceived (NGATS WX Workshop, L’Enfant Plaza)

JUN 08 - D Loda appointed to JPDO NCO WG through NextGen Institute. Monthly participation to present day.

MAY-SEP 08 - Planning meetings with FAA WX Office, NASA LaRC, FAA WJHTC

SEP 2008 - Research started by NCPS, supported by NASA LaRC

NOV 2008 - CRDA between FAA WJHTC, FAA Weather Office, NCPS Research signed

accomplishments to date6
Accomplishments To Date

NOV 2008 - NCPS SWIMLINK prototype system installed on removable shelf in FAA aircraft. WLAN onboard, ground cellular web data link established with FAA WJHTC Weather Lab using onboard environmental data. Initial LaRC support concluded

DEC 2008/FEB 2009 - GPS/Iridium antenna conflicts, aircraft maintenance cycle puts project on hold.

MAR-APR 2009 - Aircraft antenna upgrades completed, additional ramp tests with Iridium satellite system

JUN 2009 - Project put on back burner to await further evolution/maturation of NCO architecture, airborne cellular and satellite communications networks, and application technologies

accomplishments to date7
Accomplishments To Date

JUL 2009 - MAR 2010 - New NCO architectural concepts evolved, SWIMLINK/FIPRNET approach fleshed out in related JPDO, WJHTC, and LaRC efforts

APR 2010 - Restarted project activity. Arrangement with AirCell to test new GoGo airborne cellular network with SWIMLINK prototype server system. Initiated development of mobile test lab as aircraft surrogate to support continued testing, AirCell installation, and to reduce risk/ramp time for testing with actual aircraft

MAY 2010 - Nearing completion of network centric mobile test lab and installation of AirCell, Iridium, WLAN, cellular, etc. communications with revised FAA rack mounting hardware and 110VAC, 12VDC and 28VDC aircraft type power. New cockpit devices and applications testing. Back area doubles as mobile UAV hanger for next phase.

future plans
Future Plans
  • Utilize mobile network centric lab prior to FAA aircraft flight testing for:
    • Communications testing
      • Airborne Cellular, Iridium, ground cellular, WLAN, other
      • Encryption testing for SIPRNET-like capability to FAA Weather Lab, SWIM test networks as applicable
      • Future applications to demonstrate a secure HTTP based FIPRNET concept
    • Non Flight-critical COTS Applications Testing
      • Weather, aircraft support, GPS-based ADS-B backup, other
      • UAV data link testing
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Future Plans
  • Testing of air-to-air, air-to-ground http link for new high turbulence tolerance UAV design
    • Net-centric enabled UAV node can fly ahead of airliners/routes for turbulence, adverse weather data measurements

Images Courtesy of Progressive Wing LLC, an NCPS Research partner

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  • Questions?

Dave Loda, Executive Director

Center for Network Centric Product Support Research, LLC


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