RADAR DETECTION OF THUNDERSTORM HAZARDS FOR AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL. VOLUME II. RADAR SYSTEMS

Radar systems are investigated for the acquisition of weather data to support detection and forecasting of hazardous turbulence assoicated with individual storm cells. Utilization of the FAA Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR) is explored. The issues of antenna polarization and Sensitivity Time Control (STC) that impact on shared operation for aircraft and weather detection are addressed. Candidate system configurations employing a common RF channel and dual orthogonal polarization channels are discussed. Ground clutter discrimination by coherent Doppler and noncoherent (Doppler spread) processing methods is described. An interim procedure is suggested for obtaining fixed reflectivity contour data from a Moving Target Detector for use in the all-digital ARTS. A preliminary design is presented for a new joint-use, long-range weather radar to support enroute air traffic controllers and to meet the data requirements of the National Weather Service and the Air Weather Service. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 1, AD-A032 732.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Lincoln Laboratory

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Lexington, MA  United States  02173
  • Authors:
    • Sussman, S M
  • Publication Date: 1976-10-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 73 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00150828
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-RD-76-52-V2 Proj. Rpt., ATC-67-V2
  • Contract Numbers: F19628-76-C-0002, DOT-FA74WAI-485
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1977 12:00AM