Accession Number:

ADA099218

Title:

Analytical Investigation of Time Correction in Alpha-Beta Tracking Filters with Application to En Route Tracking.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Mar 79-Mar 80,

Corporate Author:

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TECHNICAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

47.0

Abstract:

In the analysis of the alpha-beta tracking filter, it is normally assumed that the tracking filter and data source operate in synchronism at a constant data rate. An analytical solution is obtained for the case in which the tracking filter and data source operate asynchronously, thus violating the standard assumptions. To compensate for the asynchronous operation of the filter, the technique of time correction is used to adjust the measured data point via the estimated velocity which approximates the synchronous operation of the filter and data source. The tracking filter performance in the steady-state case where time correction is used is better than that obtained from a fixed-parameter tracking filter in which the actual random time intervals between measurements are used as the temporal basis of filter operation. To ensure no degradation in system performance for purposes of air traffic control, a system timing accuracy on the order of 0.05 second is required to preserve the position measurement accuracy rather than the presently used technique which yields a timing accuracy on the order of 0.8 second. If the specified level of timing accuracy is not achieved, then it is postulated that significant errors will be introduced in the predicted position for maneuvering targets. System timing errors are presently the limiting factor in providing accurate position measurements for en route purposes and will partially nullify the data accuracy which will be available in the future. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Acoustic Detection and Detectors
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE