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Airborne bistatic radar for external hazard detection and avoidance
Author(s): Roland Lawrence; Omar Torres; George Ganoe; Brett Saywer
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Paper Abstract

The detection and avoidance of external hazards is an important aspect of overall efforts to improve the safety of future aircraft. Advanced sensor concepts may enhance the detection and quantification of risk due to external hazards. Such sensors, when integrated into cockpit operations, may substantially improve vehicle safety. This paper will describe research efforts to develop a simulation environment to evaluated advanced microwave sensor concepts such as airborne bistatic radars utilizing multiple non-cooperative illuminators or emitters-of-opportunity to detect weather hazards, area traffic, runway incursions, or other potential aircraft hazards. We will present initial efforts to develop a flexible microwave sensor simulation and assessment tool. This tool will be developed to assess the feasibility of various sensor concepts. Existing and potential future capability of the simulation environment will be described. In addition, the results of the application of the simulation tool to a bistatic sensor concept will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 August 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7088, Remote Sensing Applications for Aviation Weather Hazard Detection and Decision Support, 70880G (25 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.795229
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Roland Lawrence, Old Dominion Univ. (United States)
Omar Torres, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
George Ganoe, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Brett Saywer, Old Dominion Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7088:
Remote Sensing Applications for Aviation Weather Hazard Detection and Decision Support
Wayne F. Feltz; John J. Murray, Editor(s)

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