ERAM is NextGen; NextGen is Now
The traveling public can expect greater efficiency and enhanced safety thanks to a key piece of the technology infrastructure for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). Lockheed Martin has delivered the En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) system, known as the “backbone” of NextGen. ERAM is transforming the nation’s en route air traffic control automation system, used at all 20 Air Route Traffic Control Centers in the contiguous United States. This highly advanced architecture is more secure, reliable and easier to manage, maintain, upgrade and support.
Among key ERAM technologies is an end-to-end, 4-D trajectory model that predicts the path of each aircraft in time and space. It allows flight operations to supplement today’s ground-based radars with more accurate satellite-based automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) technology, which allows for increased capacity and safety for aircraft that were previously not covered by radar surveillance. In short, aircraft can fly more efficient routes, helping airlines achieve business goals and travelers reach their destinations sooner.