Airport surface detection equipment
Bales, Robert A. Center for Advanced Aviation Development, The MITRE Corporation, McLean, Virginia.
- Automation functions
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
A ground mapping system that uses analog radar equipment to provide surveillance of aircraft and other surface vehicles on an airport surface. It is used by air-traffic controllers in airport control towers to monitor and control the movement of aircraft and vehicles. A situation display of the targets includes a map identifying the runways and taxiways and a visual map of the airport features, created through the contrast on the radar display resulting from the absence of returns from smooth concrete surfaces and the ground-clutter returns from grassy areas. An important safety function of the airport surface detection equipment (ASDE) is to determine whether or not a runway is clear for the next departure or arrival operation. The prevention of runway incursions by aircraft or by service vehicles has become more urgent because of several incidents since 2003. This runway clearance determination is aided by the ASDE's capability to display an image of the aircraft in which the target's extremities (nose, tails, and wing tips), especially for large aircraft, are evident to the eye. See also: Airport engineering
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 9000 highly qualified scientists and 43 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8700 articles covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information