RIRP Project: Airport Surface Detection Equipment - Model X (ASDE-X)
Investigating Low-Cost Surveillance Solutions.
Because of the high cost of existing Airport Surface Detection Equipment
(ASDE-3) systems and strong safety requirements, the FAA is exploring lower
cost commercial off the shelf (COTS) systems which will enhance the safety
of airports which do not qualify for the ASDE-3. The objective of
the Surface Products Team is to identify and evaluate commercial
systems as possible candidates for ASDE-X. The evaluation will consist
of a trade off between cost, performance and supportability. Currently,
there are two commercial products being evaluated:
The Raytheon product is being evaluated in two phases. The first
phase is complete and a system test report was published July 1996, entitled
Low-Cost ASDE Evaluation Report: Raytheon Marine (Phase I) Radar at MKE
(ARPA M3450 / 18CPX-19), report number DOT/FAA/ND410-96/1.
Phase II evaluation is completed; however, the system test report has not
The Dassault product will be evaluated from January 1998 through May
1998 at Norfolk, VA. A system test report will be compiled at the
end of the test and evaluation period.