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WindTracer®

WindTracer_WTX

Developed and produced by Lockheed Martin, WindTracer® light detection and ranging (LIDAR) is a remarkable wind and aerosol measurement technology used worldwide to improve aviation safety and efficiency, aid in defense and security operations, measure wind resources, and perform meteorological research.

For aviation safety and efficiency, WindTracers have been applied in life-critical operations for over a decade to provide warning of hazardous winds in real-time for millions of flights worldwide, and measure aircraft wakes for hundreds of thousands of flights in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

WindTracer was first deployed at Hong Kong International Airport in 2002, and now successfully operates at airports serving Bangkok, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, London, Munich, New York City, Osaka, Paris, San Francisco, and Tokyo. WindTracer continues to be the LIDAR sensor of choice for numerous airport weather upgrade programs.

WindTracer in Australia

In Western Australia the Department of Environment and Conservation uses WindTracer for emission monitoring and for the detailed measurement of industrial pollution and the detection of plumes.

WindTracer in New Jersey

The WindTracer was installed in New Jersey for wind resource assessment of two off-shore wind farms.

WindTracer at Kansai International Airport in Osaka

At Kansai, WindTracer® provides air traffic control personnel advanced warning of wind hazards, enabling them to offer precise, timely direction to pilots during takeoff and landing.

WindTracer at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

At McCarran, together with TDWR, WindTracer® considerably reduces the costly go-around phase of flight by producing accurate warning signals and weather alerts.

WindTracer at Tokyo Narita International Airport

The internationalization and localization of the WindTracer into the Japanese language was completed in time for the deployment at the Tokyo Narita Airport in 2008.

WindTracer at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology uses a legacy WindTracer and a next-generation WindTracer system for atmospheric research.

WindTracer at London Heathrow International Airport

The Heathrow system was purchased by EUROCONTROL to monitor the runways and collect data on wake turbulence.

WindTracer at Haneda Tokyo International Airport

WindTracer® has been operating at the Haneda International Airport since 2006, continuously scanning approach and departure corridors, providing minute-to-minute warnings to aircraft landing and taking off at the airport.

WindTracer at Hong Kong International Airport

Operating since 2002at Hong Kong Airport, WindTracer® generates a clear air view of the winds over wide areas along and near the approach and departure corridors, and covers the areas that the radar and anemometers miss.

WindTracer at Hong Kong International Airport

Using the WindTracer®, the Hong Kong Observatory has developed the world's first Lidar Windshear Alerting System (LIWAS).

WindTracer at Haneda Tokyo International Airport

The second WindTracer® system was installed at Haneda Airport in 2010 to continue monitoring the wind activity and low-level wind shear that affect landing aircraft.

WindTracer in Australia

In Western Australia the Department of Environment and Conservation uses WindTracer for emission monitoring and for the detailed measurement of industrial pollution and the detection of plumes.