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Vega Drone Control System


     This Vega Target Control System uses  FPS-16 and MPS-36 range instrumentation radars to send commands (uplinks) to the target and in turn the radars provide telemetry (downlinks) from the target, which are then displayed on the console as meter indications. 
     Radars used for target control are located throughout the range, providing the ability to control targets anywhere in White Sands airspace.  The radars also provide drone position data, known as TSPI - Time-Space Position Indication.  Displayed on plot boards, the TSPI data gives controllers the position of their target on the range.
     The system was designed to control many types of payloads, including
counter-measures, flare dispense and other onboard instrumentation.
     First utilized at White Sands Missile Range in 1973, this Vega Target System spent its first twenty years at King-I, Mid-Range Control near Holloman Air Force Base.  Its last twenty years were spent at the Range Control Center, Building 300 at White Sands.  The console was used for over 1,000 missions during its life at White Sands. 
     It flew target versions of the F-106, F-102, F-100, and the F-86 (QF-106,
QF-102, QF-100 and QF-86).  It also flew the BQM-34 and the MQM-107 sub-scale targets.