NASA Expert Discusses NextGen - the Next Generation Air Transportation System on Nov. 18

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Nov. 7, 2008 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab invites the public to an evening lecture about the nation's Next Generation Air Transportation System on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Although today's National Airspace System offers one of the safest means of transportation, it has evolved into a large, complex, distributed and loosely integrated network of systems, procedures and infrastructure, without the benefit of seamless information exchange, according to John Cavolowsky of the NASA Airspace Systems Program. Simply expanding the current system cannot handle the projected doubling or tripling of air-travel demand anticipated by the year 2025, he says.

The challenges of transforming the current system will be discussed during the lecture with a focus on air traffic management.

The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in Jefferson Lab's CEBAF Center auditorium, located at 12000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. It is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about science. The program will last about one hour and include a question-and-answer period at the end.

For security purposes, enter at Jefferson Lab's main entrance (Onnes Drive). Everyone over 16 is asked to carry a valid photo ID. Security guards may perform ID, parcel and vehicle checks.

For directions and more information about this Jefferson Lab public lecture, call 757-269-5102 or visit http://education.jlab.org/scienceseries/index.php.