This book is the story of a very unique airplane and the contributions it has made to the air transportation industry. NASA's Boeing 737-100 Transport Systems Research Vehicle was the prototype 737, acquired by the Langley Research Center in 1974 to conduct research into advanced transport aircraft technologies. In the twenty years that followed, the airplane participated in more than twenty different research projects, evolving from a research tool for a specific NASA program into a national airborne research facility. It played a critical role in developing and gaining acceptance for numerous significant transport technologies, including qglass cockpits, q airborne windshear detection systems, data link for air traffic control communications, the microwave landing system, and the satellite-based global positioning system (GPS). Since the airplane played a role in such a wide variety of research programs, its story also provides an enlightening study of the many factors that influence the selection, development, and application of new technologies.DATAC worked so well, in fact, that Aeronautical Radio, Inc. (ARINC) used it as the basis of a new industry data bus ... Fly-by-light systems would use fiber optic cables instead of electrical wires to transmit signals to operate the flight andanbsp;...
|Author||:||Lane E. Wallace|