Thu, Aug 18, 2005
New Collision Avoidance Radar Component
Flight Safety Technologies says it's completed the first test of
the UNICORN collision alerting radar at the Georgia Tech Research
Institute (GTRI) in Marietta, GA. In this developmental test, a
partial antenna array was mounted on top of a tower at GTRI to
measure the detection performance of the radar against a test
aircraft flying pre-determined patterns overhead. Detections were
achieved, as predicted, of the twin-engine Aerostar test aircraft.
Additionally, detections were confirmed of other aircraft landing
at the nearby Dobbins Air Reserve Base.
In this test, experimental software was used both to control the
pulse generation of the radar modules and to perform data
acquisition. This software design determines the radar tracks
through post processing and analysis of the receiver data. While
this analysis is underway, some detections were strong enough to
see without any integration of the received data.
About twenty-five test patterns were
flown during three separate flights on two days of flight testing.
This first tower test of the UNICORN sensor was completely
successful in producing the data sought by the company. The
measured performance of the system as tested will be determined by
analyzing the data during the next few weeks. We wish to
acknowledge our contractors GTRI, Microwave Solutions Limited and
Linwave, for their valuable contributions to the UNICORN
The UNICORN collision avoidance system is being developed
primarily as a candidate capability for unmanned aerial vehicles
(UAVs) planned for government use in the US national airspace.
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