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Operational Evaluation of the Bright Radar Microwave Remoting System,
Final rept. May 70-Feb 71,
NATIONAL AVIATION FACILITIES EXPERIMENTAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY N J
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An operational evaluation to determine the capability of a bright radar microwave remoting system to provide operationally useful radar data in a satellite control tower was conducted in the TampaSt. Petersburg, Florida area. The microwave equipment consisted of a 15 GHz microwave transmitter and receiver and two 6-foot parabolic antennas. The St. PetersburgClearwater Air Traffic Control Tower used a pre-production model of a BRITE-I display with a 16-inch cathode ray tube Bright Radar Indicator Tower Equipment display for the first half of the evaluation and a BRITE-II display for the last half. A daily log was maintained to record any deterioration of display quality and also to record rain and thunderstorm activity. Air traffic control personnel at the St. PetersburgClearwater Tower completed questionnaires during and after the study. It was concluded that the bright radar microwave remoting system is capable of providing operationally useful radar information on BRITE-IBRITE-II displays in a satellite airport tower and that the system was reliable during the rainfall periods in the TampaSt. Petersburg area. It was further concluded that the microwaved system was capable of providing radar data in the St. PetersburgClearwater Tower Cab equal in quality to that provided by the primary BRITE system in the Tampa Tower. Author
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