AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL EXPERIMENTATION AND EVALUATION WITH THE NASA ATS-6 SATELLITE. VOLUME II. DEMONSTRATION OF SATELLITE-SUPPORTED COMMUNICATIONS AND SURVEILLANCE FOR OCEANIC AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL

Demonstrations of satellite-supported communications for application to oceanic air traffic control (ATC) were conducted as part of an international ATS-6 L-band satellite test program. The ATC demonstrations were comprised of two phases: demonstrations conducted solely for United States (U.S.) Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration purposes and demonstrations conducted as a joint effort between U.S., European Space Agency (ESA), and Canada. Voice, data, and dependent surveillance communications between air traffic controllers at a ground terminal and pseudopilots in two airborne aircraft, FAA KC135 and ESA COMET IV, were performed via the ATS-6 satellite and Rosman ground station. A simulated aircraft terminal located at Rosman was also employed. Each terminal provided up to six simulated data link aircraft, through computer software, for traffic loading purposes. Canada provided a voice-only simulated aircraft terminal located in Ottawa. Voice and data scenarios were used to create simulated air traffic. Results were: Dependent ATC surveillance was demonstrated through data link automatic aircraft position reports; position data were obtained from an inertial navigation system in the KC 135 and an Omega navigation system in the COMET; and to a limited extent, independent surveillance was demonstrated using the NASA PLACE system and the ATS-6 and ATS-5 satellites. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See also Volume 3, AD-A041 863.
  • Corporate Authors:

    NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ  USA 
  • Authors:
    • Jefferson, F W
  • Publication Date: 1976-4

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  • Pagination: 90 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00166416
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-NA-75-64, FAA/RD-75/173-2
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Sep 28 2002 12:00AM