Atmospheric Impacts Routing (AIR)

Report No. ARL-TR-5792
Authors: Jeffrey O. Johnson
Date/Pages: November 2011; 18 pages
Abstract: Atmospheric impacts on platforms and alternative routing options which consider environmental factors along a planned path of movement are of high importance during combat operations. Such options serve to improve survivability and movement efficiency of air and ground platforms and systems. Environmental factors which may adversely affect systems during combat operations along a projected path include adverse weather, threat activity, conflicting friendly operations, and other obstacles. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Battlefield Environment Division has developed the Atmospheric Impacts Routing (AIR) application, which calculates optimized routes in 3D space, avoiding adverse atmospheric conditions and other obstacles during mission execution. ARL's AIR web service will supplement the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) web services (AFW-WEBS) as well as the U.S. Army Tactical Airspace Integration System (TAIS) web service developments, incorporating TAIS airspace conflict detection services as input for route optimization.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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