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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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It was only a small step to a radar that could tell a ground controller the position of an aircraft, allowing that controller to talk the pilot down.
As VF-31 and VF-213 conduct the final deployment of the F-14 Tomcat, on board Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), their aircraft are now equipped to provide real-time reconnaissance and target identification data to forward ground controllers.
The new system allows forward ground controllers to see what the aircraft is seeing in real time," said Lt.
Astronauts and ground controllers would be able to communicate with the spacecraft and monitor its ``vital signs'' remotely.
Search helicopters spotted the crash site some three hours after the plane lost contact with ground controllers.
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The Swedavia data communication system--based on VHF Data Link (VDL)-Mode 4 technology--also supplied the same information to the ground controllers using Raytheon displays in the operational CNS/ATM system at Ulan Bator International Airport.
Instead of firing the Mir's engines to bring the space station to a lower orbit, ground controllers would now wait for the Mir to descend to a lower altitude by its own gravitational weight before firing the engines that would send it plunging into the Pacific.
As currently planned, safety pilots will only intervene during take-off and landing or in the event of an emergency, and the vehicle will fly autonomous, pre-programmed routes with ground controllers able to datalink real-time course corrections in response to air-traffic-control instructions.
I grasped the authors' conclusions that KAL 007's radio reports were designed to fool ground controllers that the plane was on Course and on time and that another Korean airliner might have been helping relay false information as part of a conspiracy.
Ground controllers at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida called off the landing minutes before they started the procedure.