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Collision avoidance for general aviation

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30th AIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conf., 16-20 October 2011.

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The Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) is mandated on all large transport aircraft to reduce mid-air collision risk. Since its introduction, no mid-air collisions between TCAS-equipped aircraft have occurred in the United States. However, General Aviation (GA) aircraft are generally not equipped with TCAS and experience collisions several times per year. There is interest in low-cost collision avoidance systems for GA aircraft to reduce collision risk with other GA aircraft as well as with TCAS-equipped aircraft. Since TCAS was designed for large aircraft that can achieve greater vertical rates, the assumptions made by the system and the associated advisories are not always appropriate for GA aircraft. Modifying the TCAS logic to accommodate GA aircraft is far from straightforward. Even minor changes to TCAS to correct operational issues are difficult to implement due to the interaction of the complex rules defining the logic. Recent work has explored an alternative to the TCAS logic based on optimization with respect to a probabilistic model of aircraft behavior. The model encodes performance constraints of GA aircraft, and a computational technique called dynamic programming allows the optimal collision avoidance strategy to be computed efficiently. Prior work has focused on systems that meet the performance assumptions of the existing TCAS logic. However, these assumptions are not always appropriate for GA aircraft. This paper will present simulation results comparing the existing logic to logic that has been optimized to operate onboard GA aircraft. If both aircraft are equipped with collision avoidance logic, it is important that the advisories be coordinated to prevent both aircraft from climbing or descending. The TCAS logic has a built-in coordination mechanism with which a GA system must maintain compatibility. Several coordination strategies, both with the optimized logic and the current logic, are evaluated in simulation.
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The Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) is mandated on all large transport aircraft to reduce mid-air collision risk. Since its introduction, no mid-air collisions between TCAS-equipped aircraft have occurred in the United States. However, General Aviation (GA) aircraft are generally not equipped with TCAS and experience collisions several...

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Enhanced regional situational awareness

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Airspace protection in the capital area is provided by an Integrated Air Defense System (IADS) created through the coordinated response of U.S. government and local law-enforcement agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Capitol Police. The IADS includes U.S. Coast Guard helicopters, fighter aircraft, and airborne early-warning aircraft cued by surveillance radars. Under Operation Noble Eagle, the response to a threat includes warning flares deployed from fighter aircraft and, ultimately, the use of surface and air-launched missiles. Selecting the appropriate response requires a means for rapidly assessing the aircraft threat. New and existing sensors must be simultaneously cued to the target of interest and integrated with existing sources of information to display a common-air-picture display to support the decision makers. This article describes the development of an Enhanced Regional Situation Awareness system, an integrated sensing and decision support system developed for the complex and busy airspace surrounding the National Capital Region.
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Airspace protection in the capital area is provided by an Integrated Air Defense System (IADS) created through the coordinated response of U.S. government and local law-enforcement agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Capitol Police. The IADS includes U.S. Coast...

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The development of phased-array radar technology

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Lincoln Laboratory Journal, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2000, pp. 321-340.

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Lincoln Laboratory has been involved in the development of phased-array radar technology since the late 1950s. Radar research activities have included theoretical analysis, application studies, hardware design, device fabrication, and system testing. Early phased-array research was centered on improving the national capability in phased-array radars. The Laboratory has developed several test-bed phased arrays, which have been used to demonstrate and evaluate components, beamforming techniques, calibration, and testing methodologies. The Laboratory has also contributed significantly in the area of phased-array antenna radiating elements, phase-shifter technology, solid-state transmit-and-receive modules, and monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) technology. A number of developmental phased-array radar systems have resulted from this research, as discussed in other articles in this issue. A wide variety of processing techniques and system components have also been developed. This article provides an overview of more than forty years of this phased-array radar research activity.
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Lincoln Laboratory has been involved in the development of phased-array radar technology since the late 1950s. Radar research activities have included theoretical analysis, application studies, hardware design, device fabrication, and system testing. Early phased-array research was centered on improving the national capability in phased-array radars. The Laboratory has developed several...

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Evaluation of the MTD in a high-clutter environment

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IEEE 1980 Int. Radar Conf., 28-30 April 1980, Arlington, VA, pp. 219-224.

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The MTD (Moving Target Detector) is an automated radar signal and data processing system designed to improve the performance of air surveillance radars in various forms of clutter while providing a low output false alarm rate. This paper briefly describes the architecture of the MTD processor and presents the results of a field evaluation of the system using the ASR-7 terminal radar at Burlington, Vermont.
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The MTD (Moving Target Detector) is an automated radar signal and data processing system designed to improve the performance of air surveillance radars in various forms of clutter while providing a low output false alarm rate. This paper briefly describes the architecture of the MTD processor and presents the results...

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