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Evaluating the compliance of Keck's LGSAO automated aircraft protection system with FAA adopted criteria
Author(s): Paul J. Stomski Jr.; Randy Campbell; Thomas W. Murphy Jr.
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Paper Abstract

The W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) applied for and received a determination of no-objection from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for laser guide star adaptive optics (LGS-AO) operations using an automated aircraft protection system (APS) in late 2013. WMKO’s APS, named AIRSAFE, uses transponder based aircraft detection (TBAD) to replace human aircraft spotters. The FAA required WMKO to self-certify AIRSAFE compliance with SAE Aerospace Standard 6029A: “Performance Criteria for Laser Control Measures Used for Aviation Safety”[1] (AS- 6029A). AS-6029A prescribes performance and administrative criteria for an APS; essentially, requiring AIRSAFE to adequately protect all types of aircraft, traveling at any speed, altitude, distance and direction reasonably expected in the operating environment. A description of the analysis that comprises this compliance evaluation is the main focus of this paper. Also discussed is the AIRSAFE compliance with AS-6029A administrative criteria that includes characterization of site specific air traffic, failure modes, limitations, operating procedures, preventative maintenance procedures, and periodic system test procedures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2014
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9148, Adaptive Optics Systems IV, 91483Q (21 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057237
Show Author Affiliations
Paul J. Stomski Jr., W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Randy Campbell, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
Thomas W. Murphy Jr., Univ. of California, San Diego (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9148:
Adaptive Optics Systems IV
Enrico Marchetti; Laird M. Close; Jean-Pierre Véran, Editor(s)

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