Mention that in certain urgent situations, as decided by the IC of the mission, in cooperation with the Archer Operator, the Archer Trac Technician can data collect independent of the Archer Operator. Also verbally review OPSEC, non-disclosure, and CONEMP.
You can load it but it still belongs to CAP.
Point out the major components and describe their function.
Pixel width is determined by the altitude. At a flight altitude of 2,500 ft, each pixel in the HSI camera CCD represents a ground swath width of 1.04 meters. At a flight altitude of 5,000 ft AGL, the corresponding ground width is 2.08 meters.
Must be calibrated to ac true heading and position.
Best if flown at 12N, bright and sunny, but can be used in other illumination conditions.
Mention that mission planning must take into account the start time of the mission and its planned duration. For example, it is inappropriate to start a January mission at 4 p.m. that requires 90 minutes to reach the search area. By the time the aircraft reaches the search area, there will not be sufficient ground illumination for ARCHER to function.
A regular lap top may be used.
Seminar/class participation needed in stating the objectives.
ARCHER TRAC TECHNICIAN T otal R econ A wareness C ontrol
The Archer Aircrew consists of a GA-8 pilot, co-pilot (or experienced GA-8 Observer), Archer Operator and Archer Trac Technician in most situations.
Preference is for Archer Trac Technicians who can be available, on mission base for an Archer Mission within one hour of notification.
Archer Trac, all documents and software regarding them are for use by any current CAP member within the guidelines of the ARCHER Concept of Employment .
The ARCHER Trac technician is NOT authorized to power up or otherwise operate the ARCHER airborne or ground station equipment. At this time only ARCHER operators are authorized to operate the airborne and ground station equipment, unless otherwise provided for in the ARCHER Conemp.
ARCHER Hardware The ARCHER airborne system contains an advanced hyperspectral imaging sensor and a panchromatic high-resolution imaging camera. ARCHER also contains a GPS and inertial navigation system. Together, these components allow the system to accurately position each pixel on a virtual map during a mission. The ARCHER TRAC pc receives aircraft position, heading, attitude, and altitude AGL information from the ARCHER system.
ARCHER Hardware After the mission flight is complete, the data obtained by the sensors can be easily transferred to the ARCHER ground station. The ground station has the same advanced data processing capabilities as the airborne system. With two high-resolution monitors, the mission data can be replayed for further analysis, in-depth review, or training. The second monitor allows the chip viewer to be displayed simultaneously with the plotted search area image.
ARCHER Hardware Simultaneously with the real-time imagery processing, ARCHER plots the ground area swept by the sensors on a handheld tablet PC designated ARCHER TRAC. ARCHER TRAC is a mission navigation and tracking tool that helps the crew ensure that imagery data is collected from the entire search area. Key waypoints are easily programmed into ARCHER TRAC. The ground area that is covered by the ARCHER sensors is superimposed on a standard aviation sectional map.