Research Facilities |
Research Airport |
Launch Range |
Control Center |
Engineering | Institutional Services | Safety | Environmental
Designed with the user in mind, the WICC is an information hub. Range data is provided by radar, telemetry, timing and weather systems, as well as off-range services. Communications include telephone, range intercom, radio and off-site links. Video is the usual method for the transmission and display of data throughout the facility. Command links provide flight termination and mission-dependent user functions. Communications are available - or can be quickly developed - to support a full range of operations at Wallops and worldwide.
The Range Data Acquisition and Computation (RADAC) System supports the WICC with redundant real-time data support, including impact prediction, for range safety and other test range requirements. The RADAC system provides a quick and flexible selection of data sources and displays. The video-switching network is the primary means of distributing data in the WICC. All critical instrumentation is supported by an uninterruptible power system and a backup power generator.
The expansion of the WICC, completed in 1992, included significant developments and enhancements:
The single-story first floor provides space for computer, communications and instrumentation support equipment. The second or main floor includes the mission control room (MCR) and adjacent side rooms for range safety, surveillance and down-range operations and data acquisition and processing. The two-story high MCR features large screen video displays, eight generic control consoles, a raised test director area, a VIP area and a rear balcony for Public Affairs Office observation. The fourth story Aeronautical Observation Facility tower provides visual observation of the research airport.
Capabilities by room are:
Instrumentation Room (First Floor)
Computer Room (First Floor)
Mission Control Room (Second - Main - Floor)
Secure Room (Second - Main - Floor)
Data Acquisition Processing Room (Second - Main - Floor)
Range Safety Room (Second - Main - Floor)
Surveillance and Down Range Communications Room (Second - Main - Floor)
Weather Office (Third Floor)
Observation Corridor (Third Floor)
Aeronautical Observation Facility (Fourth Floor)