Air Traffic Control
Improving Air Transportation Safety
Since 1971, we have been supporting the Federal Aviation Administration in the development of new technology for air traffic control. We develop systems for aircraft surveillance, weather sensing, collision avoidance, decision support, and air traffic management automation. Learn more in our R&D brochure and our 50 Years of Research and Innovation booklet.
Air Traffic Control Groups
50 Years of Research and Innovation
Lincoln Laboratory’s air traffic control program reached its 50th anniversary in 2021. To commemorate this milestone, the “Celebrating 50 Years of Research and Innovation: MIT Lincoln Laboratory Air Traffic Control” booklet was created to highlight key air traffic control technologies developed by the Laboratory since 1971 and the significant impact they have had on national security and air transportation safety.
We are developing deep learning models to analyze tornadic precursors in order to enhance real-time tornado prediction.
Our model optimizes the scheduling of aerial refueling missions, saving fuel and costs for the Department of Defense.
A system that detects laser beams being shone into the sky and alerts police of their source can help protect pilots and aircraft.
Advancing Our Research
Nearfield anechoic chamber and farfield on-site antenna calibration pattern comparison of an S-band planar phased array radar
Correlated Bayesian model of aircraft encounters in the terminal area given a straight takeoff or landing
Discover the exciting and challenging opportunities in Air Traffic Control.