THE ROLE OF OPERATIONAL SATELLITES IN THE AVIATION WEATHER SYSTEM

Current operational weather satellite capabilities are briefly reviewed and then projected into the 1980s in terms of their potential impact on the Aviation Weather System (AWES). The role of geostationary satellites is emphasized. On the basis of near term commitments and on planning already underway toward further developments in the late 1980s, one can project important growth in such impact. Developmental factors include: improved sensing in more spectral channels at higher space-time resolution; progress in the extraction of quantitative observables from basic digital sensor data; increased attention to the needs of the very short range weather 'nowcaster'; and technological advances which offer more cost-effective means for display and assimilation of satellite data into AWES. Specific recommendations are made. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    GE AIRCRAFT ENGINES.

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    Federal Aviation Administration

    Systems R&D Service, 800 Independence Avenue, SW
    ,   USA 
  • Authors:
    • Bristor, C L
  • Publication Date: 1978-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 48 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00191386
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FAA-RD-78-152 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-FA77WAI-812
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM