12B.4 ASR-9 Weather Systems Processor Technology Refresh and Upgrade

Thursday, 17 September 2015: 5:15 PM
University C (Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center )
John Y. N. Cho, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA; and E. M. Shank, G. Stilwell, J. P. Morgan, E. Griffin, E. Ma, J. G. Stander, T. Smith, and A. S. Gautam
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The Weather Systems Processor (WSP) is an add-on system to the Airport Surveillance Radar-9 (ASR-9) that generates wind shear detection and storm tracking products for the terminal airspace. As the original system ages and pre-purchased replacement parts in the depot are used up, it becomes increasingly problematic to procure hardware components for repairs. Thus, a technical refresh is needed to sustain WSP operations into the future. This phase of the project targets the intermediate frequency digital receiver, the radar interface module, and the digital signal processor for replacement by updated hardware platforms. At the same time, the increase in computational capability allows for an upgrade in the signal processing algorithm, which will lead to data quality improvements.
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