Meteorological Decision Support

System for Aviation


One of the main objectives of MEDUSA is the development of an integrated weather information solution to aviation, including all the set of required elements (data acquisition, algorithms wrapping, database, warning module, display, etc.). The main objective for this half period of the project has been the  develop a first version ready to operate in real-time and that would integrate some of the foreseen algorithms. The main tasks performed on this regard are:

oAn iterative process to define the Frontend elements for the whole platform considering the winter weather and summer weather algorithms and products. The result of that process is a detailed mock-up of the interface of the platform and the map of the included modules. That process has provided an opportunity to exchange experiences at DLR and HYDS in the development of end-user applications.

oDefinition of the backend architecture of the system based in the use of a Framework. That framework provides an architecture, components and tools for developers to build complex web applications faster. The main objective has been to adapt an existing framework (Symfony) to have a solid and consistent base where the different elements that integrate the architecture of the system lay on. The final aim is to speed-up the creation and maintenance of the product and make it more efficient, extensible (scalable) and maintainable. This will be translated into an effortless development of different versions and modifications of the product along the duration of the project.

oDevelopment of the system. The designed architecture has been used to produce the generic backend and frontend elements of the system. Summer weather algorithms (Cb-Tram, Rad-Tram) and Rad-Cast and Blending have been integrated as well as their related data (radar data, lightning, satellite data, NWP-rainfall data). Up to three versions of the platform have been develop and tested. The system is ready for real-time implementation and test over the Munich area (foreseen in July-October 2013)

Platform development  -  current status