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Raytheon Team Proposes Single International Standard In ADS-B Pursuit

by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 06, 2007
Raytheon is proposing an innovative solution for the Federal Aviation Administration's Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast program that reduces equipment costs and improves safety by adopting a single international standard for locating aircraft. ADS-B is the first step in the FAA's next generation air transportation system, known as NextGen. Aircraft equipped with the ADS-B technology continuously broadcast location, airspeed and identification information to air traffic controllers.

These transmissions will provide a highly accurate air traffic picture to controllers and pilots of other ADS-B equipped aircraft.

Raytheon's ADS-B team solution was recently selected by the FAA as one that will compete for the program award.

"The FAA asked industry to be innovative in its approach to the ADS-B challenge so that the government could enjoy earlier and increased user benefits as well as reduced investment," said Andy Zogg, vice president of Raytheon's Airspace Management and Homeland Security business. "Raytheon embraced that challenge and developed an innovative technological solution that far exceeds what would be possible in the conventional approach.

"The Raytheon team solution uses a single frequency that is becoming the standard around the world as opposed to utilizing two different frequencies, one for commercial aircraft and another for general aviation," said Zogg.

The solution will transmit weather information to the cockpit using the XM WX Satellite Weather Service already in use by thousands of pilots nationwide. The surveillance system will use U.K. defense giant QinetiQ's radio design, carried on Verizon's nationwide telecommunications network, while using existing ARINC and Verizon air-ground radio and cellular towers.

"With the Raytheon solution, not only does the government benefit, but the user community benefits as well," said Zogg. "The Raytheon team approach is cost effective and ultimately safer for everyone."

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