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Accession Number PB2012-114627
Title Performance Assessment of a Hybrid Radar and Electro-Optical Debris Detection System.
Publication Date Jun 2012
Media Count 46p
Personal Author E. Woodworth E. E. Herricks J. Patterson
Abstract In 2007, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Technology Branch conducted a performance assessment of the FODetect(Trade Name), a hybrid radar and electro-optical foreign object debris (FOD) detection system developed by Xsight Systems, Ltd. This assessment included the systems capability to detect objects of various shapes, sizes, and materials at all locations on the runway surface. The systems capability to detect FOD during both nighttime and daytime conditions, in periods of sun, rain, mist, fog, and snow, was also assessed. The FODetect system was initially demonstrated in January 2008. Following the demonstration, a more comprehensive performance assessment of the technology was conducted at the Boston Logan International Airport. The performance assessment was initiated in June 2008 with a test schedule that continued until May 2009. Researchers conducted several test sessions to assess the FODetects capability to detect selected FOD items. The tests focused on hybrid sensor characteristics, specifically the joint capabilities of radar and electro-optical sensors operating together. The FODetect system was able to detect the objects of various shapes, sizes, and materials on runway surfaces and perform satisfactorily in nighttime, daytime, sun, rain, mist, fog, and snow conditions, as required by FAA Advisory Circular 150/5220-24, 'Airport Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Detection Equipment.'
Keywords Airports
Aviation safety
FODetect system
Foreign object debris (FOD)
Performance evaluation
Technology assessment
Weather conditions

Source Agency Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration
NTIS Subject Category 85A - Air Transportation
85D - Transportation Safety
63 - Detection & Countermeasures
Corporate Author Illinois Univ. at Urbana-Champaign. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1226
Contract Number N/A

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