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Accession Number PB2013-109290
Title Wind-Shear Detection Performance Study for Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) Risk Reduction.
Publication Date Jun 2013
Media Count 68p
Personal Author J. Y. N. Cho M. F. Donovan M. S. Veillette P. L. Heinselman R. S. Frankel
Abstract Multifunction phased array radars (MPARs) of the future that may replace the current terminal wind-shear detection systems will need to meet the Federal Aviation Administrations (FAA) detection requirements. Detection performance issues related to on-airport siting of MPAR, its broader antenna beamwidth relative to the TDWR, and the change in operational frequency from C band to S band are analyzed. Results from the 2012 MPAR Wind-Shear Experiment (WSE) are presented, with microburst and gust-front detection statistics for the Oklahoma City TDWR and the National Weather Radar Testbed (NWRT) phased array radar, which are located 6 km apart. The NWRT has sensitivity and beamwidth similar to a conceptual terminal MPAR (TMPAR), which is a scaled-down version of a full-size MPAR. The microburst results show both the TDWR probability of detection (POD) and the estimated NWRT POD exceeding the 90% requirement. For gust fronts, however, the overall estimated NWRT POD was more than 10% lower than the TDWR POD. NWRT data is also used to demonstrate that rapid-scan phased array radar has the potential to enhance microburst prediction capability.
Keywords Airports
Doppler radar
Multifunction phased array radar(MPAR)
Weather prediction
Wind shear

Source Agency Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration
NTIS Subject Category 51B - Aeronautics
85A - Air Transportation
85D - Transportation Safety
55C - Meteorological Data Collection, Analysis, & Weather Forecast
55D - Meteorological Instruments & Instrument Platforms
Corporate Author Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Lexington. Lincoln Lab.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1321
Contract Number FA8721-05-C-0002

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