The Enhanced Airborne Measurement Facility Recording System.
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH LEXINGTON LINCOLN LAB
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The Airborne Measurement Facility AMF is a data collection system that receives and records pulse and other information on the 103011090-MHz frequencies used by the FAAs secondary surveillance radar and collision avoidance systems. These systems include the Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System ATCRBS, the Mode Select Mode S Beacon System, and the Traffic Mert and Collision Guidance System TCAS. Designed and constructed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the l970s, this unique measurement told has been used to conduct advanced research in beacon -based air traffic control ATC over the past 20 years. The original AMF included a recorder capable of recording at the maximum rate of 2 Mbitssec. Although this recording system worked well, it had become difficult to maintain in recent years. In 1993, the Air Traffic Surveillance Group, with support from the FAA, decided to incorporate the latest tape recording technology into an enhanced AMF recording system. The main purpose of this report is to document the design details of the enhanced AMF recording system. A second purpose is to provide guidance to analysts for AMF operation and data analysis. Finally, this report complements an AMF Users Manual, which is a more detailed document for using and maintaining the AMF.
- Air Navigation and Guidance
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment