Rapid Radar Plot Sheet is a graphical program designed as a tool for plotting radar contacts on a computer screen, replacing paper and pencil plots. It can be used as a plotting program with printed copy output or be used as a teaching tool. Students can be taught the techniques associated with using a radar to plot targets and determining target information based on their plot.
As a tool, the program plots points to be entered graphically with the mouse, or numerically using range and bearing keypad entries. From these plots, the program displays the relative motion of targets and determines information about the system of plotted points. For example, the program can display target course, target speed, distance between targets, and distance between target and Ownship. This can be useful in determining the effects of trial maneuvers and predicting the consequences of Ownship maneuvers set to occur at a future time.
In order to help analyze the system of targets, the Rapid Radar Plot Sheet Program supplies the user with a Target Window that displays all of the plot point information entered for targets. This also includes CPA information for the Ownship relative to each target. Changing Ownship maneuvers automatically updates the window giving the user instant feedback regarding changes in the system. Additionally, the user can receive target information by opening up Demand Windows that contain vector information about a particular target. The information provided by these windows can then be analyzed by the user to predict future states of the system.