Accession Number : ADA315034

Title :   Low-Cost ASDE Evaluation Report: Raytheon Marine (Phase I) Radar at MKE (ARPA M345O/18CPX-19), Volume I.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Aug 95-Mar 96,

Corporate Author : JOHN A VOLPE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS CENTER CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s) : Bandon, C. ; Blasier, J. ; Bouchard, F. ; Capezzuto, V. ; Coyne, F.

PDF Url : ADA315034

Report Date : JUL 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 199

Abstract : The FAA has identified the Airport Surface Detection Equipment as a radar system that aids air traffic controllers in tow visibility conditions to detect surface radar targets and sequence aircraft movement on active runways. Though 35 major U.S. airports will have an ASDE-3 by the year 2000, its high cost precludes its use at hundreds of smaller airports; for them, low-cost COTS radar ('ASDE-X') shows promise as a controllers' aid in monitoring surface traffic and as a second sensor input to counteract shadowing, blanking and multipath problems. The FAA tasked the Volpe Center to evaluate Raytheon Marine's ASDE-X. The Phase I evaluation was made with Raytheon's Model ARPA M3450/18CPX-l9, a COTS radar with options added to adapt performance to the airport environment. This report details the characteristics, installation, and evaluation of this system at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport (MKE). (Phase II will more closely approximate ASDE-3 functionality.) Test results show that, in low-visibility conditions, the system enhanced controllers' situational awareness, detected and displayed targets, aided movement area clearance, and enabled confirmation of pilots' reported positions and compliance with instructions. The ASDE-X's positive initial acceptance and tow cost ($100k versus ASDE-3's $6m) make it potentially a good choice for small airports seeking effective ground surveillance radar.

Descriptors :   *LOW COSTS, *AIRPORT RADAR SYSTEMS, TEST AND EVALUATION, INPUT, GROUND LEVEL, HIGH COSTS, MONITORING, TRAFFIC, PILOTS, AIRCRAFT DETECTION, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS, SEQUENCES, DISPLAY SYSTEMS, VISIBILITY, INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS, AIRPORTS, RUNWAYS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS, SURFACE TARGETS, AWARENESS, MULTIPATH TRANSMISSION.

Subject Categories : Terminal Flight Facilities
      Economics and Cost Analysis
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE