RangeNet

RangeNet software is designed to simplify creation of distributed range control systems and enhance situational awareness of command, safety, and range personnel. It is a modular framework that is easily adapted and extended to a variety of mission types anywhere in the world. It integrates planning, configuration, simulation, training, mission execution & post mission analysis under an integrated architecture. RangeNet is a “plug-in” software module of the Command and Control Toolkit™ (CCTK), the real-time command and control middleware from CCT.

Mission Planning. RangeNet accepts mission planning templates such as trajectory analysis, Instantaneous Impact-point Prediction, and instrumentation coverage analysis. The templates provide a basis for map overlays and mission decision aids. Mission displays are codelessly constructed from a database of configurable maps, planning templates, and dynamic graphical widgets that are used for situation awareness during the mission.

Range (Re)Configuration. Planning templates, maps, TSPI sources, telemetry definitions, simulations, and mission specific algorithms are all managed in the range configuration database that allows range operators to maintain configuration control of mission products. Built on XML technology, the configuration database supports exchange of configuration information, and flexible extension of RangeNet to a wide variety of operational scenarios. Organizations with multi-mission operations concepts can reconfigure from one mission to the next in a matter of seconds simply by choosing from a library of stored and validated configuration options.

Mission Simulation. A fully integrated simulation environment supports modeling the continuous or discrete time behavior of any target or system. Simulations can be quickly and easily composed in to mission scenarios for: verification of ground systems, mission dress rehearsals, operator training and qualification, validation of processing algorithms, range operational readiness verification.

Mission Execution. RangeNet performs real-time calculation and display of TSPI solutions for multiple targets. Modular data processing provides a library of configurable transforms for linearization, coordinate conversion, filtering, and constraint evaluation of data. Modular design also allows displays to be decoupled from TSPI calculations enabling multi-user operations. The network centric architecture supports client-server, broadcast, or peer-to-peer data distribution & remote control. The application environment provides support for reactive control and commanding.

Post-Mission Operations. Mission data and events are digitally recorded and indexed to optimize throughput and near-real-time access. Remote users can logon and access mission data for immediate analysis or export to other tools for data reduction, even during real-time operations. Mission data can also be played back or integrated with simulations for further analysis and operator training.

Surveillance Operations. RangeNet also supports integration of asynchronous targets acquired via ground, air, or marine surveillance instrumentation for complete situation awareness in the area of operation. Plug-ins are also available for day and night cameras control as well as gimble mount auto-tracking.

 


Platforms

  • Unix
  • Linux

Displays

  • Trajectory/Tracking maps: Configurable any area worldwide
  • Range Systems/Health Management and Control
  • Multi-use/Operator
  • Tunable Update Rate
  • Real-time Display
  • Graphical Builder for User Customization

Mission Configuration Database

  • Planning Template
    • Nominal trajectories
    • Nominal IIP tracks
    • Nominal instrumentation look angles
    • 3 sigma boundaries
    • States and events
  • Range safety/tracking displays
  • Range monitoring and control displays
  • User defined displays and overlays
  • Data source definitions (radar, telemetry, weather, optics, ground systems, etc.)
  • TSPI processing chain definitions
  • Derived parameters
  • Command definitions
  • FTS interface specification
  • Mission simulations

Real-time Data Processing

  • Standard: Conversion, compression, stale, range validity, max change, exception limit, exception event
  • TPSI: Source selection, Coordinate transforms, Present position, Instantaneous Impact Point, Filters
  • Coordinate Transform: WGS Earth Model, Topocentric horizon (SEZ), Earth-cent Inertia (ECI), Earth-cent Earth-fix (ECEF), Satellite (Lat, Lon, Hght)
  • Time Proc Based on UTC, > 4×10-4 accuracy translated to local hour angle JD

Tracking Map Display

  • Based on GIS Display Environment
  • Complies with OpenGIS standard
  • Integrates mission overlays with map canvas & GIS layers
  • Supports mission specific annotations, & markers
  • Optimized rendering of millions of points
    • Raster, vector and text data
    • Rectangular and orthographic projections
    • Unlimited layering
    • Full alpha blending
    • Transparency and dynamic attribute thresholding
    • Hierarchical tiling, and fallback layers
  • Real-time dynamics
    • Unlimited track objects (PP & IIP)
    • Historical tracks
    • Custom projections (Glide Plane)
    • Map controls: pan, zoom, visibility
    • Dynamic object behaviors based on state, health, & validity
      • Color
      • Position, motion, size
      • Background
  • GIS layers:
    • Roads, railways, airways, waterways, shorelines
    • Earth textures, elevations, clouds
    • Political boundaries, landmarks, coverage/exclusion zones

Time Space Position Info (TSPI) Interfaces

  • Sources: Radar, Optics, Telemetry/GPS, Custom
  • Protocols: Sync/Serial, Network – Ethernet, PCM, Custom
  • IRIG – 161
  • Slaving

Post-Flight Support

  • Near Real-time or historical data reduction and analysis support
    • Reports: Interactive report generation or batch processing
    • Playback: Real-time
    • Export: Exchange

Commanding

  • Predefined or variable parameter structure
  • RCC CCS
  • User initiated or autonomous
  • Tools for customizable safety interlocks

Built-in Range Decision Support Tools

  • Time, State/Event, Alert HUD
  • Mission time control
  • Telemetry quick look
  • System control & health monitor
  • Range Clearance collaboration tool
  • Range Hold-fire
  • Event messages
  • FTS Commanding
  • Ground Weather Displays

Simulation and Training

  • Integrated real-time simulation engine
    • Continuous or discrete event
    • Individual TSPI playback
    • Hybrid sim/playback
  • GUI simulation builder
  • Simulation scripting environment
  • Support for 3rd party modeling tool integration

Interface Extension Options

  • Tracking mount control & monitoring
  • Facility security, control & monitoring
  • Telemetry processing
  • Web based control & monitoring
  • Video display & recording

Timing

  • Interfaces: IRIG, GPS, NTP Client NTP Time Server
  • Formats: UTC, simulated, MET/CDT

Archival

  • All time correlated data, commands, messages, & events are digitally recorded and indexed