Terminal Doppler Weather Radar test bed operation, Orlando, January - June 1990
November 4, 1991
This semiannual report for the Terminal Doppler Weather Radar program, sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), covers the period from 1 January 1990 through 30 June 1990. The principal activity of this period was the transport and reassembly of the FL-2 weather radar test site from Kansas City, MO to Orlando, FL and the change of radar frequency from S-band used in Kansas City to C-band for Orlando operations. Site operations to prepare the FL-2C radar site for summer testing began in January and continued through May, when testing began. This report describes the RF hardware, the data collection, the computer systems at site, and the networks between Orlando, FL and Lexington, MA. Also included are discussions of the microburst and gust front algorithm development, data collection, display terminals, and training for Air Traffic Control (ATC) supervisors and controllers.