Innovation Award Transport category

The IET Innovation Awards were founded in 2005 and recognise and reward the best new innovations in engineering, science and technology.

The IET Innovation Awards were founded in 2005 and recognise and reward the best new innovations in engineering, science and technology.

These annual awards are open to all innovators, and industrial companies of all sizes, academic departments and enterprising individuals have won over the years. There are 15 categories, covering the breadth of the IET’s activities, and each category is independently peer-reviewed by a panel of experts in that field.

The object on display, made by NATS and Lockheed Martin, won the Transport Innovation Award in 2015.

Time based separation – delivering innovative algorithms into safety related environments

Heathrow Airport experiences over 400,000 minutes of arrival delay each year, with 80% of this attributable to all adverse weather conditions.

NATS and Lockheed Martin combatted this with Time Based Separation (TBS), an Air Traffic Management concept which separates arriving aircraft by time instead of distance. It is a world first and has radically cut delays and reduced cancellations due to strong headwinds.

The system has been so successful in its short time in service that other airport operators and Air Navigation Service Providers around the world are now enquiring about the viability of the system elsewhere.

NATS and Lockheed Martin

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