Metis is the Managing Member of Metis Flight Research Associates (MFRA), a Joint Venture between Metis, Flight Research Associates, Inc. and SYMVIONICS Inc. MFRA was awarded the NASAs SimLabs III contract in April 2018 with a maximum potential value of approximately $62.8 million.

MFRA is charged with providing engineering support to SimLabs facilities: the Vertical Motion Simulator, Future Flight Central and the Crew-Vehicle Systems Research Facility. Additionally, the MFRA operates and perform sustaining engineering for all simulation facilities, while partnering with researchers to customize distributed real-time simulations, generate and validate research data.

The NASA Langley Research Center Airspace and Traffic Operations Simulation

Metis software engineers design, maintain and modify aircraft mathematical models and simulation software components for multiple NASA programs. Our capabilities are reflected in our experience solving challenges on numerous fronts which gives us a wealth of experience to stand on. A significant contribution by the Metis team was the development of a real-time scenario generation capability for the ATOS.

Among the more meaningful and impactful contributions:

  • Metis recently designed and integrated simulated cockpit displays used in the Technologies for Airplane State Awareness experiment run on the Navy's Kraken simulator. This software brings in live aircraft data into the simulation environment, and greatly enhances the capability of both the ATOS and SMART-NAS systems.
  • Metis developed comprehensive visualization techniques using Google Earth KML to enhance researcher analysis, scenario generation, and data validation. Maintaining 4dview software used by ATOS developers to visualize the 4-D paths of dozens of simulated aircraft into large airports while assisting with defect identification and proving when some defects were addressed.


Metis provided SMART-NAS with Software Engineering support for the development of advanced prognostics, data mining, and data analytics for enhanced decision-making and system assessments. We are currently leading the development of the complex “run-manager” software that will pull together all simulation components. Metis is also leading scenario development and is responsible for flight test set-up.

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