By Juliet Van Wagenen | May 31, 2016
|United States Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration Anchorage Air Route Traffic Control Center Advanced Technologies & Oceanic Procedures Operations Area, equipped with Micro-EARTS ATC automation program. Photo: FAA|
[Avionics Today 05-31-2016] The FAA has selected Lockheed Martin to continue technical support of its Microprocessor-En Route Automated Radar Tracking System (Micro-EARTS). The system receives and integrates air traffic data from multiple surveillance sources and displays the information for use in Air Traffic Control (ATC). Micro-EARTS is currently installed in four FAA facilities at Alaska, Guam, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and at the FAA Academy and the William J. Hughes Technical Center.
Under this new five-year contract valued at $28.3 million, Lockheed Martin will continue to support the FAA in the analysis, design, development and testing of air traffic control functionalities for Micro-EARTS within this program. The Micro-EARTS program has already been operating for more than 20 years in the National Airspace System (NAS). Used in large consolidated facilities as well as small configurations, it provides common air traffic control functionality to all Micro-EARTS sites with a standard software and hardware model.