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Networks and distributed Systems
Research group of Prof. Peter B. Ladkin, Ph.D.
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RCED-97-51, Mar. 5, 1997 (16 pages). Air Traffic Control: Status of FAA's Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System Project. [Text] [PDF]
Since the early 1980s, efforts by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to modernize the air traffic control system have experienced lengthy schedule delays and substantial cost overruns. Because of these problems, FAA in 1994 restructured its acquisition of the Advanced Automation System--the centerpiece of its modernization effort--into more manageable time segments. One of these segments, known as the Standards Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) project, is expected to replace older computers used at FAA facilities to track aircraft in airspace around airports. In September 1996, FAA contracted with Raytheon Corporation to develop and install STARS. This report discusses the extent to which (1) the schedule estimate for STARS is attainable and (2) costs estimates to make STARS operational are likely to change.
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