Accession Number:

ADA281051

Title:

Synthetic Vision Technology Demonstration. Volume 3. Flight Tests

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC

Report Date:

1993-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

401.0

Abstract:

This report contains the description and results of a Synthetic Vision technology demonstration program conducted jointly by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Defense and industry. The relevant technologies including millimeter wave radar sensors, infrared sensors, head-up displays, and computer processing were developed and tested in static tower tests and in flight tests in which the weather conditions were carefully measured and documented. The purpose of the program was to evaluate and demonstrate the performance of the imaging sensors and of the complete imaging system during aircraft approaches and landings in low-visibility conditions. The static tower test Facility used was the Avionics Tower Test Facility, located at Wright Patterson AFB, in which candidate sensors were set up at approximately 260 feet overlooking a nearby runway. The runway scene imaged by the sensors was instrumented to carefully measure the characteristics of fog, rain and snow as those conditions occurred in 1991-1992. Sensor performance and phenomenology was then fully characterized to provide a basis for further sensor development and for selection of sensors with which to proceed to flight test.

Subject Categories:

  • Commercial and General Aviation
  • Infrared Detection and Detectors
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE