Accession Number : AD0759146

Title :   Tests of the Vega Aircraft Radar Enhancing System (VARES).

Descriptive Note : Final Rept. Nov 71-Oct 72,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY N J

Personal Author(s) : Offi,Dominick L.

Report Date : APR 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 51

Abstract : A cross-band radar/beacon system, designed to operate within the constraints of the Airport Surveillance Radar/Air Traffic Control Beacon Interrogator (ASR/ATCBI) environment was evaluated at the National Aviation Facilities Experimental Center (NAFEC). The equipment, known as the Vega Aircraft Radar Enhancing System (VARES) was tested to determine technical as well as operational characteristics. The VARES equipment, as originally designed, was not electrically nor mechanically compatible with the ASR/ATCBI system, nor with the aircraft available at NAFEC. With proper modifications, the system provided an increased radar detection capability. In addition, limited tests indicated evidence of possible interference with the ATC Beacon System. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*RADAR EQUIPMENT, FLIGHT TESTING), (*AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, *AIRPORT RADAR SYSTEMS), AIRCRAFT LANDINGS, TAKEOFF, PLAN POSITION INDICATORS, CIVIL AVIATION, RADAR CROSS SECTIONS, RADAR CLUTTER, RADAR BEACONS

Subject Categories : Air Navigation and Guidance
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE