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Final Report - AD4 (4D Virtual Airspace Management System)

Project ID: 12328
Funded under: FP6-AEROSPACE


The final activity report for the '4D virtual airspace management system' (AD4) project presents an integrated approach to air-traffic control system focusing on the future demands of increased air traffic and specialised cooperative demands. Funded under the Sixth Framework Programme, the project developed a novel four-dimensional (4D) approach that creates new opportunities in the way that the controller will visualise and interact with information.

The document provides a backdrop on current systems and their shortcomings, highlighting new approaches such as an actual 3D display to provide global information on air traffic. This three-dimensional (3D) virtual reality (VR) system is for real time visual representation and manipulation of heterogeneous geo-referenced data such as digital elevation model data (terrain), meteorological data (clouds, pressure and wind fields), telemetry data, Global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and surveillance data (radar tracks). It provides air traffic controllers unprecedented levels of information and clarity.

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