Central Control

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Central Control

1. Control exercised over an extensive and complicated system from a single center.
2. Usually capitalized. The place, facility, or activity from which this control is exercised; specifically, at Cape Canaveral or at Vandenberg AFB, the place, facility, or activity at which the whole action incident to a test launch and flight is coordinated and controlled, from the make-ready at the launch site and on the range, to the end of the rocket flight downrange.
For a few seconds during the actual launch, control of a missile is exercised from the blockhouse, but it almost immediately reverts to Central Control for guidance and tracking, with two men in essential control. One of these is the supervisor of range operations, the other is the range safety officer.


This article is based on NASA's Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use