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Electronic Radar Target Simulator For Air Traffic Control Studies

Report Number: WADC TR 54-569
Author: Hixon, W. Carroll
Author: Warren, C. E.
Author: Cowan, John D., Jr.
Author: Harter, George A.
Corporate Author: Aviation Psychology Laboratory, Ohio State University
Laboratory: Aero Medical Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1954-12
Pages: 91
PB Number: PB133526
AD Number: AD0095405

The radar simulator described in this report has been designed for research on air traffic problems arising from the need to control large numbers of aircraft in the vicinity of a landing field. The simulator provides independent control of speed and heading for thirty aircraft targets. The targets are displayed on a PPI-type display with simulated ranges of either ten or fifty miles.

The simulator has been designed to provide a high degree of accuracy in the generation of the target course so that the characteristics of the human traffic controller will not be obscured by simulator inaccuracies. The simulator display system is flexible, providing for several types of target identification including target shape coding and a light-pencil target identifier.

The techniques of simulation and the specific device described in the report, although developed specifically for air traffic control research, may be of interest to other agencies concerned with training, maintenance, or research not only on return-to-base problems, but also in the general air defense problem.

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