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Synthetic vision system flight test results and issues
Author(s): Jeffrey D. Radke; Dennis Ferguson
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Paper Abstract

An active 35 GHz radar imaging system was developed and demonstrated as part of the synthetic vision system technology demonstration (SVSTD) program sponsored by the FAA, the USAF, and industry. During flight tests, an SVS equipped Gulfstream 2 aircraft made over 200 approaches at 27 different airports (and one aircraft carrier) in all types of weather. The 35 GHz imaging radar demonstrated its potential by allowing the test pilots to successfully land in adverse weather conditions that would have made a visual approach impossible. An overview of the radar system implementation architecture and flight test results is provided, along with perspectives on the lessons that were learned from the SVS flight tests. One objective of the SVSTD program was to explore several known system issues concerning radar imaging technology. The program ultimately resolved some of these issues, left others open, and in fact created several new concerns. The motivation for this paper is to identify major issues that were resolved, and provide researchers with a better understanding of the issues that remain open.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2220, Sensing, Imaging, and Vision for Control and Guidance of Aerospace Vehicles, (13 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.179606
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey D. Radke, Honeywell Technology Ctr. (United States)
Dennis Ferguson, Honeywell Technology Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2220:
Sensing, Imaging, and Vision for Control and Guidance of Aerospace Vehicles
Jacques G. Verly; Sharon S. Welch, Editor(s)

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