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ground control

1. the personnel, radar, computers, etc., on the ground that monitor the progress of aircraft or spacecraft
2. a system for feeding continuous radio messages to an aircraft pilot to enable him to make a blind landing

ground control

[′grau̇nd kən‚trōl]
(civil engineering)
Supervision or direction of all airport surface traffic, except an aircraft landing or taking off.
(engineering)
The marking of survey, triangulation, or other key points or system of points on the earth's surface so that they may be recognized in aerial photographs.

ground control

The operating position in the control tower that provides clearances and instructions for the movement of aerodrome ground traffic, and pertinent information to all traffic within the aerodrome perimeter.
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They told us the plane had also disappeared from their radar and that they had lost radio contact two minutes after the last call between ground control and the pilot, who informed them of a technical problem in the plane.
The intent is not to reinvent the ground control station, but to evolve it to an open architecture so unmanned aircraft owners can reuse software, Ernst says.
The Ground Control course is available in three levels; introductory, experienced and supervisor.
Recommendation: To help DOD space systems provide more capability to the warfighter through better synchronization and increased commonality, and to provide increased insight into the costs associated with ground assets, the Secretary of Defense should provide annual documentation to Congress (in SARs or in other documents) that specifically delineates the cost, and cost performance, associated with (1) the satellites, (2) the ground control systems, and (3) associated user terminals, and as a result, provides the total cost of all planned components of each space system acquisition.
After the UAV has landed, the disk drive is removed and the digital AVI files are transferred to the ground control station which incorporates a complete state-of-the-art aerial video processing system.
Ground control stations were discussed in detail by Ian Kemp in Armada 1/2006.
AAI's launch-and-recovery ground control station will utilize multiple work stations to provide Level 5 command and control of the aircraft.
The Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, is soliciting proposals for photo-identifiable ground control points from an approximately 3,500 km coastal study area in the Norton Sound and Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region.
The small and rugged xGCS provides all processing and communications support electronics needed for Fury UAS ground control operations, as well as all supported payload tasking, processing, exploitation and dissemination.
Bachman says the STANAG architecture, which separates an aircraft's specific software from the common user interface, makes it easier to add new aircraft systems to the "One System" ground control station.
Skyforce includes the company's proprietary mission-oriented software system, a primary mission management ground control station and mobile ground control user terminals, a combination with which up to twelve fully autonomous air vehicles engaging in concurrent, co-operative flight can be controlled.
The pilotless Global Hawk sent the data via satellite to the Navy ground control station in San Diego, from where it was transmitted through a Navy information network to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland.

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