Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System
The DLR provides an experimental A-SMGCS, that means a test range with a complete infrastructure for testing and verifying Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems or parts of it on the Research Airport Braunschweig.
The whole test environment is an open system, so that a large variety of sensor types can be integrated. For linking the sensor data there is an intelligent data fusion system that combines and significantly enhances the sensor data information.
The temporary A-SMGCS for the projects DEFAMM, TARMAC, BETA and EMMA on the airports Köln/Bonn, Zürich, Hamburg and Prag are developed with this test environment.
Demonstration environment for A-SMGCS research and development
This environment consists of a networking of computers and monitors for the data acquisition of sensor systems installed, data matching, data processing, and the possibility of presentations of the single sensor and total system characteristic.
The core of this development environment is an intelligent data fusion system for linking all sensor data. A large variety of sensor types can be integrated. The data fusion provides an integrated multi sensor system for continuous automatic determination of the traffic situation at the airport. This means tracking and identification of all objects within the approach area, runways, taxiways and aprons as well as high level description of the operational state of the objects and conflict assessment.
The demonstration centre connected is suitable to demonstrate the capabilities of all single sensor sets as well as the function of a multi sensor system based on the data fusion system.
Experimental vehicle and aircraft
Additional to the test environment the DLR is in possession of an experimental vehicle (Test Van) and aircraft (DO 228). Both are almost identically equipped so that test surface movements can also be carried out economically with the test van.The following description concerns only the equipment and the field of the test van.