Images: NASA looks back on 2008
In June, NASA was part of a team that received the Robert J. Collier Trophy, a prestigious aviation award given by the National Aeronautic Association. The award was presented to the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, a collective of public and private groups that includes researchers from NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., and its Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.
The ADS-B team developed a system that gives pilots and air traffic controllers accurate traffic data, real-time displays, as well as access to weather and flight information services, and terrain maps. The system is based on Global Positioning System satellite information instead of radar. The Collier selection committee said, "implementation (of the system) will have a broad impact on the safety, capacity and efficiency of the national airspace system."
In this photo, NASA's Ames Center director, S. Pete Worden, receives the 2007 Collier Trophy from NASA's associate administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, Jaiwon Shin.
December 19, 2008 3:57 PM PST
Photo by: NASA
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