Capabilities and Accuracy of the AERIS Tracking System at the Naval Coastal Systems Laboratory.
NAVAL COASTAL SYSTEMS LAB PANAMA CITY FLA
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The Automatic Electronic Range Instrumentation System AERIS at the Naval Coastal Systems Laboratory, Panama City, Florida, uses the Cubic model DM 40 AUTOTAPE system. AUTOTAPE is a line-of-sight, all weather, single target, range-range tracking system that provides an automatic, reliable, and practical method of determining position location with a high degree of accuracy. The accuracy and capabilities of the AERIS Tracking Facility are discussed. The system installation, general operating area, and system limitations are also discussed. A determination of the accuracy of AERIS is made and presented as a set of accuracy contours for the operating area. The parameters causing position inaccuracies are discussed and are categorized into two basic areas system repeatability relative errors and bias errors. The system repeatability errors are presented as contours of short-term errors i.e., those errors that affect position accuracy within or during a given mission, and long-term errors i.e., those errors that affect position accuracies from one mission to another over an extended period of time. Author
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