Future Outlook

 Seen on its trailer, the 10-panel Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) prototype was delivered to NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma, where its weather and aircraft surveillance performance is being evaluated under a variety of environmental conditions.

  • Lincoln Laboratory will apply its expertise in surveillance processing, data management, algorithms, and human systems integration to increase its role in developing future NextGen concepts, including trajectory-based operations, Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) applications, environmental impact mitigation, and surface operations management.
  • Requirements definition, prototyping, and technology transfer support for next-generation weather capabilities will continue. These capabilities include improvements in sensing technology, data dissemination architectures, decision support tools for managing air traffic at congested airports during severe weather, and algorithms for estimating the capacity reductions caused by thunderstorms.
  • Support for current and future FAA safety systems will continue. Efforts will focus on preparing for two flight tests in FY15: one with an ACAS X variant for UASs and the other with a new surveillance architecture that fully exploits the benefits of ADS-B.
  • The Laboratory’s key role in national and international efforts to integrate UASs into civil airspace will be primarily in the area of conflict avoidance with manned aircraft. The Laboratory will continue developing standards and requirements, safety evaluation methods, threat detection and maneuver algorithms; developing and deploying real-time prototypes; and transferring technology to industry.




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