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Report No DOT FAA RD 95 5 Project Report ATC 306 Analysis and Comparison of Separation Measurement Errors in Single Sensor and Multiple Radar Mosaic Display Terminal Environments S D Thompson 21 October 2002 Lincoln Laboratory MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LEXINGTON MASSACHUSETTS Prepared for the Federal Aviation Administration Document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service Springfield Virginia 22161 This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the Department of Transportation in the interest of information exchange The United States Government assumes no liability for its contents or use thereof 2 Government Accession No 1 Report No 3 Recipient s Catalog No ATC 306 4 Title and Subtitle 5 Report Date Analysis and Comparison of Separation Measurement Errors in Single Sensor and Multiple Radar Mosaic Display Terminal Environments 7 Author s 21 October 2002 6 Performing Organization Code 8 Performing Organization Report No S D Thompson ATC 306 9 Performing Organization Name and Address 10 Work Unit No MIT Lincoln Laboratory 244 Wood Street Lexington MA 02420 9108 11 Contract or Grant No 12 Sponsoring Agency Name and Address 13 Type of Report and Period Covered Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration Washington DC 20591 Project Report 14 Sponsoring Agency Code 15 Supplementary Notes This report is based on studies performed at Lincoln Laboratory a center for research operated by Massachusetts Institute of Technology under Air Force Contract FI9628 00 C 0002 16 Abstract This paper presents an analysis to estimate and characterize the errors in the measured separation distance between aircraft that are displayed on a radar screen to a controller in a single sensor terminal environment compared to a multiple radar mosaic terminal environment The error in measured or displayed separation is the difference between the true separation or distance between aircraft in the air and the separation



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