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Development and Operation of Real-Time Missile Flight Safety Display Systems at the Western Test Range
Author(s): Howard L Borst; Anita Friedman; Michael Lynch
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Paper Abstract

As weapons systems grow more sophisticated, so must the equipment that is used to test them. Aeronautical, ballistic and orbital testing take place on a regular basis at the Western Test Range (WTR). In order to insure the integrity of these flight test programs, a computerized decision support network has been developed. At the heart of this network is the Range Safety Display System (RSDS). RSDS is a real-time missile flight safety system. The displays present flight safety information in a timely and understandable manner. RSDS can be considered the control panel for the unmanned systems tested at the WTR. The Range Safety Display System was developed from a hybrid mechanical/graphic display system. The Hybrid RSDS was used to prove the concept of electronic display of missile flight performance. RSDS has been further developed to take advantage of the speed, flexibility and reliability of graphic displays. Other concepts and technologies, such as fiber optics, parametric control and front end processing have also been used.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 1984
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0457, Advances in Display Technology IV, (14 May 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.939403
Show Author Affiliations
Howard L Borst, United States Air Force (United States)
Anita Friedman, Computer Science Corporation (United States)
Michael Lynch, Computer Science Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0457:
Advances in Display Technology IV
Elliott Schlam, Editor(s)

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