AeroMACS System Characterization and Demonstrations

The Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communications System (AeroMACS) is being developed to provide a new broadband wireless communications capability for safety critical communications in the airport surface domain, providing connectivity to aircraft and other ground vehicles as well as connections between other critical airport fixed assets. AeroMACS development has progressed from requirements definition through technology definition, prototype deployment and testing, and now into national and international standards development. The first prototype AeroMACS system has been deployed at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and the adjacent National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center (GRC). During the past 3 years, extensive technical testing has taken place to characterize the performance of the AeroMACS prototype and provide technical support for the standards development process. The testing has characterized AeroMACS link and network performance over a variety of conditions for both fixed and mobile data transmission and has included basic system performance testing and fixed and mobile applications testing. This paper provides a summary of the AeroMACS performance testing and the status of standardization activities that the testing supports.

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    • Prepared for the 2013 Aerospace Conference cosponsored by IEEE, AIAA, PHM Society Big Sky, Montana, March 2–9, 2013.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field
    Cleveland, OH  United States  44135

    Verizon Business

    Cleveland, OH  United States  44135
  • Authors:
    • Kerczewski, Robert J
    • Apaza, Rafael D
    • Dimond, Robert P
  • Publication Date: 2013-3


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p

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  • Accession Number: 01491285
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA/TM—2013-216497
  • Contract Numbers: NNC08BA09B
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 8 2013 8:17AM