ECE497 Project: Local Air Traffic Radio

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Team members: Adam Bretsch

Grading Template

I'm using the following template to grade. Each slot is 10 points. 0 = Missing, 5=OK, 10=Wow!

00 Executive Summary
00 Installation Instructions 
00 User Instructions
00 Highlights
00 Theory of Operation
00 Work Breakdown
00 Future Work
00 Conclusions
00 Demo
00 Late
Comments: I'm looking forward to seeing this.

Score:  10/100

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Executive Summary

RTL-SDR radios can monitor local air traffic via ADS-B signals. These signals operate in two different frequency bands, 1090MHz and 978MHz. The goal of this project is to combine and display both frequency ranges using 2 SDRs, one set to each frequency range.

Currently the utilities dump1090 and dump978 can separately output plane data to a html page. This page shows the direction and location of each plane in sensor range, but only those of the selected frequency band.

The plan is to create a new utility that combines the two, showing both types of plane on one html map. The frequency range should be easily identifiable, coded by color or otherwise apparent.

This tool will have many different applications. The overall goal is to be able to set up the BeagleBone with the 2 SDRs and have it give alerts whenever a plane is close enough see. These planes will be drawn from both bands thanks to the utility designed in this project.


If you have hardware, consider Small Build, Big Execuition for ideas on the final packaging.

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