Critical Support Issues for Commercial Space Transportation Space Weather Services
In commercial aviation, the planning for NextGen and SESAR includes this issue. It is well-known that TIDs on a parallel vector with, and above, an approaching aircraft can create a situation where the local, ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) corrections are not valid. Commercial spaceflight landings will be affected in a similar fashion. Systems must be devised that can quickly alert the crew of these potentially unsafe conditions.
The optimal system would employ ground-based measurements near the spaceport, and feed those into physics-based models to both extend the merit of the observations spatially and temporally – forecasting. This presentation will explore ways in which this goal can be attained.