Lockheed Martin has upgraded multiple air traffic management platforms to enable the processing of data received from satellite-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) systems.
ADS-B is a key component of the Federal Aviation Administration's next generation air transportation system, enabling the transition from ground-based to satellite-based air traffic control.
It will provide pilots and air traffic controllers with better information on the position of aircraft mid flight and on the airport surface as well as velocity estimates.
Lockheed has upgraded the microprocessor en route automated tracking system and common automated radar terminal system of the ADS-B.
The modification will improve situational awareness between pilots and air traffic controllers in Alaska, Louisville, Kentucky, and the Gulf of Mexico in the US.
The upgraded system will combine surveillance reports from multiple sensors, including traditional radars and ADS-B into a single track.