Accession Number:

ADA224804

Title:

Examination of RTCA/DO-198 Position Reconstruction Algorithms for Area Navigation with the Microwave Landing System

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

MITRE CORP BEDFORD MA

Report Date:

1990-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

54.0

Abstract:

Use of the Microwave Landing System MLS for area navigation and computed centerline approach requires that the MLS avionics determine the aircraft position in Cartesian coordinates relative to the runway centerline. The inputs to the avionics are the locations of the three MLS ground units and the three observations of distance, azimuth angle, and elevation angle. When the three ground units are not collocated, this process requires an iterative algorithm. A March 1988 publication of the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics RTCA presents five such algorithms. These algorithms have various problems, such as errors in the analyses andor computer code, and divergence or false solutions, etc., within the minimum coverage area of the MLS. This report, which identifies the various problems and offers corrections, concentrates on the two algorithms that assume a conical MLS azimuth antenna, as that is likely to be the only type that will be developed. JHD

Subject Categories:

  • Terminal Flight Facilities
  • Air Navigation and Guidance

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE