Detect and Avoid in the Cockpit (DANTi) is a research effort that includes concept development, prototype implementation, system integration, and flight testing of NASA-developed assistive detect and avoid (DAA) technology in manned aircraft cockpits.
The notion of assistive DAA for manned aviation proposes the use of DAA technology to provide pilots traffic awareness and maneuver guidance support when required to comply with see and avoid regulations. That is, DANTi serves as a safety augmentation to pilots' see-and-avoid capabilities, rather than a replacement of see-and-avoid capabilities as in DAA for UAS. Assistive DAA technologies can be integrated into today's cockpit as "Non-Required Safety Enhancing Equipment" (NORSEE), as stated in the FAA Policy No:PS-AIR-21.8-1602, which describes a standardized approval process of NORSEE in general aviation and rotorcraft fleets.
A prototype implementation of a DANTi display has been developed that uses the DAIDALUS algorithm for generating alerts and maneuver guidance. DAIDALUS is the reference implementation for the DAA Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) document DO-365, DO365A, and DO365B developed by the RTCA Special Committee SC228. Preliminary simulation results obtained with the DANTi prototype strongly suggest that assistive DAA could greatly enhance the capabilities of flight crews to avoid traffic and remain well clear.
A desktop version of the DANTi display prototype is available for download with DAA-Displays, a NASA-developed open-source toolkit designed to support research on DAA technologies.