McCulloch, John D.; Federal Electric Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1986-10)
      The Telemetry Integrated Processing System (TIPS) at the U.S. Air Force Western Space and Missile Center (WSMC), Vandenberg AFB, California, is a large scale, computer based, telemetry decommutation and data processing system. This system is utilized to process telemetry data from numerous missile and aircraft programs supported at the WSMC. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, while TIPS was under development, some information on this unique system was presented at the ITC. This paper will present an overview of the operational system as it exists today. Hardware and software components will be discussed. A presentation of the standard, no development cost, features available to Range users will be made. A summary of the current missile/aircraft telemetry systems that must be supported will be included along with some of the special processing developed for these systems. The primary emphasis will be an overview of the system capabilities and the types of telemetry processing encountered in the operational WSMC environment.