• RANGE SAFETY CASE STUDY: WESTERN RANGE CENTRALIZED TELEMETRY PROCESSING SYSTEM (WR CTPS), A LARGE DISTRIBUTED GROUND SYSTEM

      Mather, Jonathan; Shaw, Nancy; L-3 Communications Telemetry-West; Lockheed Martin Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2007-10)
      This paper presents a case study of the Western Range Centralized Telemetry Processing Subsystem (WR CTPS). This system was developed by Lockheed Martin Integrated Systems and Global Services and L-3 Communications Telemetry-West as part of the Range Standardization and Automation (RSA) IIA program. Requirements included real-time simultaneous acquisition of 16 PCM streams at rates of up to 30M bits per second; real-time processing; and data display on workstations connected over a gigabit Ethernet network. This system is designed for range safety and needs to be fault-tolerant while maintaining 100 percent data availability in the event of a single failure during an operation. The development of such a system demanded a rigorous Systems Engineering approach to ensure the successful upgrade and deployment onto the range infrastructure. This case study provides an overview of the system technical requirements and its architecture. The summary presents challenges encountered during the development and lessons learned while meeting them.