Jeppesen, Sensis join Lockheed's 'airport of the future' program

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Lockheed Martin has added Jeppesen and Sensis to an industry team working with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Florida’s Daytona Beach International Airport (DBIA) on a three-year project to develop a prototype operationally integrated airport.

System components of the Integrated Airport Project are being showcased in a technology demonstration at DBIA on March 27 and 28, the first of three evaluation periods planned for this year.

Jeppesen and Sensis have been added to the Airport of the Future consortium co-led by Embry-Riddle, Daytona Beach International and Lockheed. Other consortium members include ENSCO, Transtech Airport Solutions and Mosaic ATM.

The Airport of the Future consortium aims to improve safety, security, capacity and efficiency by enhancing situational awareness, improving information sharing and increasing collaborative decision-making.

Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen initially will provide a detailed airport mapping database for DBIA, to serve as a geographic basis for surveillance and ground traffic operations.

Sensis will supply expertise in automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast, information-management networks and decision-support tools to enable trajectory-based operations.

Embry-Riddle and DBIA are pursuing federal funding for the project, which is designed as a 50:50 government-industry partnership, says Lockheed, which is providing “in-kind” support for the project.

The first of four phases, focused on integrating safety and security for airport surface operations, began late last year and will continue through to the third quarter. Phase 2 began this quarter and focuses on increasing airport capacity using advanced surface-management systems.

Phases 3 and 4 will begin in 2008 and focus on integrating arrival and departure management systems with the surface management system, and incorporating more precise weather and navigation information to lay the foundation for all-weather operations.

Technologies include highly refined local weather predictions; an infrared Doppler radar to detect and track wind and wake hazards; a millimeter-wave sensor to detect aircraft, vehicles, debris and wildlife; a motion-activated optical sensor that reads aircraft tail numbers; and “virtual-camera” graphic displays of airport activity.