Many things changed on September 11, 2001. Among them, civilian aircraft became potential enemy weapons systems, and air traffic control changed from a civilian problem to a military one. This project studies technological responses that are practical and implementable and go a long way towards ameliorating the risk of a repeat. The basic approach is to modify the avionics control system on the aircraft to limit the space into which an aircraft can fly. Key resources:
The Soft Walls project receives funding from NASA under the Western Joint University Program (JUP) for air transportation research. It is managed as part of CHESS (the center for hybrid and embedded software systems), which is a CITRIS project (center for information technology research in the interests of society).