Accession Number : ADA291250

Title :   The Enhanced Airborne Measurement Facility Recording System.

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB

Personal Author(s) : Altman, Sylvia I. ; Daly, Peter M.

PDF Url : ADA291250

Report Date : 31 JAN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 51

Abstract : The Airborne Measurement Facility (AMF) is a data collection system that receives and records pulse and other information on the 103011090-MHz frequencies used by the FAA's secondary surveillance radar and collision avoidance systems. These systems include the Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System (ATCRBS), the Mode Select (Mode S) Beacon System, and the Traffic Mert and Collision Guidance System (TCAS). Designed and constructed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the l970s, this unique measurement told has been used to conduct advanced research in beacon -based air traffic control (ATC) over the past 20 years. The original AMF included a recorder capable of recording at the maximum rate of 2 Mbits/sec. Although this recording system worked well, it had become difficult to maintain in recent years. In 1993, the Air Traffic Surveillance Group, with support from the FAA, decided to incorporate the latest tape recording technology into an enhanced AMF recording system. The main purpose of this report is to document the design details of the enhanced AMF recording system. A second purpose is to provide guidance to analysts for AMF operation and data analysis. Finally, this report complements an AMF User's Manual, which is a more detailed document for using and maintaining the AMF.

Descriptors :   *AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, *RECORDING SYSTEMS, *AVIATION SAFETY, *RADAR BEACONS, USER MANUALS, DATA PROCESSING, MEASUREMENT, SECONDARY, AIRBORNE, FACILITIES, PULSES, DATA ACQUISITION, GUIDANCE, RECORDS, SURVEILLANCE, AIR TRAFFIC, COLLISION AVOIDANCE, SEARCH RADAR, COLLISIONS, ANALYSTS, BEACONS, TAPE RECORDING.

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE