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Measurements of aircraft wake vortices at Memphis International Airport with a cw CO2 coherent laser radar
Author(s): Richard M. Heinrichs; Timothy J. Dasey; Michael P. Matthews; Steven D. Campbell; Robert E. Freehart; Glenn H. Perras; Philippe Salamitou
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Paper Abstract

A CW-coherent laser radar using a 20-watt CO2 laser has been constructed and deployed for the measurement of wake-vortex turbulence. This effort is part of the NASA Terminal Area Productivity Program and has the goal of providing information to further the understanding of the motion and decay of wake vortices as influenced by the local atmospheric conditions. To meet this goal, vortex measurements are made with the lidar along with simultaneous measurements from a suite of meteorological sensors which include a 150 foot instrumented tower, a profiler/RASS, sodar and balloon soundings. The information collected also includes airline flight data and beacon data. The operation of the lidar during two field deployments at Memphis International Airport are described as well as examples of vortex motion and decay measurements in various atmospheric conditions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 May 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2737, Air Traffic Control Technologies II, (27 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.241060
Show Author Affiliations
Richard M. Heinrichs, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Timothy J. Dasey, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Michael P. Matthews, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Steven D. Campbell, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Robert E. Freehart, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Glenn H. Perras, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Philippe Salamitou, MIT. Aeronautical Systems Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2737:
Air Traffic Control Technologies II
Robert G. Otto; James Lenz; Russell Targ, Editor(s)

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