AN APPROACH TO SEMI-AUTOMATED OPTIMAL SCHEDULING AND HOLDING STRATEGIES FOR AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL

This paper considers the problem of coordinating the traffic flow and holding patterns of N aircraft which desire to land in a single runway. A distance separation is to be enforced over the outer marker. It is shown that this problem can be attacked as a variation of a linear-quadratic optimal control problem. The solution of this optimization problem can be used to indicate which aircraft can accomplish headway corrections by velocity control, and which require to undergo path stretching or holding maneuvers. The gradual implementation of these strategies in current and evolutionary ATC systems will also be discussed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Electronics Systems Laboratory
    Cambridge, MA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Athans, M
    • Porter, L W
  • Publication Date: 1970-12

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  • Accession Number: 00075265
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: FLIGHT TRANSPORTATION LABORATORY, MIT DEPT. OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ESL-P-437
  • Contract Numbers: NASA NGL22009(124)
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM