Accession Number : ADA112250

Title :   Surveillance Simulation Testing of Terminal and en Route Mode S Sensors.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. Apr-Aug 80,

Corporate Author : FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TECHNICAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ

Personal Author(s) : Frack,Robert B

PDF Url : ADA112250

Report Date : Jan 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 66

Abstract : A test and evaluation (T&E) was conducted to determine the surveillance characteristics of the Mode S (formerly the Discrete Address Beacon System (DABS) en route and terminal sensors operating with effective receive beam widths of 2.4 deg. and 3.4 deg. The tests were conducted at the FAA Technical Center for terminal and enroute Mode S configurations having maximum ranges of 60 and 200 nautical miles (nmi), respectively. Surveillance loading was simulated using an aircraft reply and interference environment simulator (ARIES) to provide Mode S, Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System (ATCRBS), or a mixture of the two types of aircraft. Surveillance characteristics were measured by determining the percent detection, blip scan ratio, Mode 3/A and C reliability, Mode S identifier (ID) reliability, and the number of replies per report or interrogations per scan for both types of aircraft. It was concluded that increasing the effective receive beam width had negligible impact on the surveillance characteristics of either sensor operating with simulated Mode S targets. Increasing the effective receive beam width improved the percent detection and Mode C reliability for both sensors operating with simulated ATCRBS targets.

Descriptors :   *Discrete address beacon systems, *Radar beacons, Identification, Test methods, Detection, Surveillance, Interrogation, Configurations, Simulation, Reliability, Terminals, Targets, Reports, Simulators, Detectors, Interference, Aircraft, Environments

Subject Categories : Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE