BAE Systems’ WEnDL System Is Enhancing Air Traffic Situational Awareness


Reading time ( words)

BAE Systems has created a low-cost system that uses existing satellite navigation and commercial aircraft data to improve airspace safety.

Using the Web Enabled Data Links (WEnDL®) system military aircraft can now use vital information about nearby civil aircraft to aid pilot decision-making.

Over the past two years, BAE Systems has been assessing the Automatic Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast (ADS–B) system as a means of passing civilian aircraft flight data via a tactical data link gateway enabling military aircraft to monitor general air traffic.

ADS-B is a surveillance technology which tracks and broadcasts the location of aircraft using satellite navigation. The WEnDL® system can access the data transmitted from ADS-B, channel the relevant information in a simple format and make it available to military aircraft.

This system is now fully operational and is being used by earlier tranches of Typhoon aircraft being test-flown at BAE Systems’ site at Warton, Lancashire and is proving to offer exceptional enhanced situational awareness to the pilots.

Steve Formoso, chief test pilot at BAE Systems, said: “WEnDL® is a key enabler to the safety and efficiency of test flying operations at our Warton site.  The information that WEnDL brings in to the cockpit allows our test crews to operate with greater flexibility as well as increasing their all-round situational awareness of other air traffic around the aircraft during sorties.”

Share


Suggested Items

Improving Military Communications with Digital Phased-Arrays at Millimeter Wave

01/26/2018 | DARPA
There is increasing interest in making broader use of the millimeter wave frequency band for communications on small mobile platforms where narrow antenna beams from small radiating apertures provide enhanced communication security.

DARPA Program Aims to Extend Lifetime of Quantum Systems

01/19/2018 | DARPA
Whether it is excited electrons emitting photons in a lightbulb or the vibrational frequency of atoms in an atomic clock, quantum phenomena are simultaneously fundamental aspects of nature and the basis of current state-of-the-art and future technologies.

DARPA's Hallmark Seeks to Revolutionize U.S. Space Enterprise Command and Control

01/11/2018 | DARPA
The growing complexity of space operations coupled with an increased need for timely decisions demands innovative approaches to battle management command and control (BMC2) technologies.



Copyright © 2018 I-Connect007. All rights reserved.