Honeywell: Air Force Ballistic Missile Range Safety Technology (BMRST)
Assuring Safe Access to Space
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Air Force were seeking ways to reduce launch and test range infrastructure and operating costs through the development of a high integrity safety solution. The solution needed to be rapidly reconfigurable and deployable for both on- and off-range space launches and, if needed, able to augment and replace the current radar-based tracking systems. The solution also had to be easier and less costly to operate.
As the prime contractor, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. developed a self-contained range tracking and flight safety system known as Ballistic Missile Range Safety Technology (BMRST). The system applies high reliability commercial technologies and components in a modular and scalable architecture that readily accommodates evolving requirements for new launch vehicles and ranges, expanded user telemetry link and data formats and higher data rates. The technology relies upon GPS and inertial navigation as well as command and control system software.
The system receives and processes launch vehicle telemetry data and generates displays that are used to verify that the launch vehicle remains in its predefined corridor during flight. If the launch vehicle breaks the boundaries of the flight corridor, the flight safety officer can generate and transmit a command to the launch vehicle to terminate the flight. Reliability is improved through single fault tolerance, self-monitoring and the capability to reconfigure automatically in the event of a failure.
The complete system can be assembled or stowed by two persons in eight hours, and it can be fully operational in 24 hours; in just two hours the system can be reconfigured and verified for a different launch vehicle and trajectory. This modular unit is a complete system that can be transported by land, sea or air.
The system meets both the U.S. Space Command criteria for the accuracy, latency and redundancy needed to protect public safety at federal launch ranges and the Federal Aviation Administration requirements for commercial space ranges.
Improving Range Safety and Delivering Results
The BMRST system provides increased safety functionality for launches by enabling a wider range of trajectories. The system’s safety function can be quickly called up and reconfigured for responsive operations.
Today, the BMRST system is a certified, rapidly configurable and deployable system that can be operated for less cost with improved ease. In comparison to fixed infrastructure, the system provides standalone range safety and telemetry at about one tenth of the cost.
The standalone system is operated by only three range operations staff and two range safety officers saving approximately 80 percent in staffing for mission operations.
Honeywell is the leader and only provider of this integrated system of systems technology.
In 2001 and 2002, the Honeywell team was recognized with the Air Force Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award for its systematic approach to enhancing mission capability, improving operational performance and creating sustained results. The Honeywell team was
the first to develop and place into operational use a dual-feed antenna that receives s-band downlink telemetry and transmits the ultra
high frequency command destruct uplink.
Eastern Range, FL
Southern California Offshore Range, CA
Patuxent "Pax" River, MD
Atlantic Undersea Test Eval Center, FL
Kodiak Launch Complex, AK
● Ballistic Missile Range Safety Technology, FL
Air Force Satellite Control Network, Multiple Loc.