NEW ORLEANS — A $1.5 million grant from NASA will fund work at the University of New Orleans to develop improvements to the nation’s air traffic control system.

A UNO news release says the research deals with the federal government project called “NextGen.” It’s a comprehensive overhaul of the air traffic system to increase capacity and safety.

UNO researchers will be joined on the project by colleagues from LSU and Southern University.

A goal of “NextGen” is to provide more information to pilots on the trajectory of their planes and other nearby planes so that they don’t have to rely solely on air traffic controllers.