Apron and Tow­er-Sim­u­la­tor (ATS)

High-resolution 360-degree viewing system
High-res­o­lu­tion 360-de­gree view­ing sys­tem
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High-resolution 360-degree viewing system

The high-res­o­lu­tion, 360-de­gree view­ing sys­tem cre­ates a re­al­is­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment of air traf­fic con­trollers.
Towerlab
Tow­er­lab
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Towerlab

Tow­er­Lab is a flex­i­ble val­i­da­tion en­vi­ron­ment es­pe­cial­ly for in­no­va­tive work­sta­tion con­cepts.
Traffic management at an airport
Traf­fic man­age­ment at an air­port
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Traffic management at an airport

New pro­ce­dures for traf­fic man­age­ment at an air­port and in the air­port vicin­i­ty can be val­i­dat­ed.
Measurement of eye movements
Mea­sure­ment of eye move­ments
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Measurement of eye movements

Mea­sure­ment of eye move­ments in ATS360
Remote monitoring of airports
Re­mote mon­i­tor­ing of air­ports
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Remote monitoring of airports

Pro­to­type work­sta­tions for re­mote mon­i­tor­ing of air­ports us­ing cam­era sys­tems.
Several airports
Sev­er­al air­ports
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Several airports

In­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty for si­mul­ta­ne­ous surveil­lance of sev­er­al air­ports by one con­troller.

The large-scale Apron and Tower Simulator (ATS) facility, based at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Institute of Flight Guidance in Braunschweig, replicates air traffic controller workstations typically found at airports. The ATS can be used to validate new systems and methods for traffic control at airports and in areas close to airports.

Simulation facility for workstations and processes in an airport control tower

The ATS enables the validation of planning systems for departure and taxiing traffic management, the investigation of new approach procedures and apron layouts, and the evaluation of cooperative traffic management concepts. For this purpose, controllers and researchers in the ATS have all the tools and resources of real workstations at airports at their disposal. For example, controllers can use approach and ground radar, see an outside view showing all vehicles at the airport and can contact aircraft and other workstations by radio and telephone. Future assistance systems can be flexibly prototyped and made available to controllers to assist in planning, guiding and monitoring traffic.

In addition to the ATS, a separate and highly flexible facility known as the TowerLab is available to investigate innovative workplace concepts and support functions for air traffic controllers. The core elements of the laboratory are flexible air traffic controller workstations with several large displays designed to show simulated as well as real external panoramas.

These facilities are part of the Air Traffic Validation Center. This provides scientists with the necessary tools to test and evaluate new ideas and technologies for all areas of air traffic management.

Contact
  • Volker Speelmann
    Head of Cen­tral Ex­pen­di­ture Man­age­ment
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-4103
    Fax: +49 2203 601 4115
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
    Contact
  • Sebastian Schier
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    DLR In­sti­tute of Flight Guid­ance
    Telephone: +49 53 12952-337
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Köln
    Contact

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