File Name Convention
The full-rate TiPS observation data accessible from this web site is in Merit II format. The data is sorted into files; each file contains the observations made by a single particular station on a single particular day. The files are named XXXX_YYMMDD_A.TIPS, where XXXX is a station identification number, and YYMMDD is the observation date, in year, month, day format.
The following image illustrates this.
The satellite ID numbers currently in use for TiPS are: 9602903 (Ralph) and 9602902 (Norton). These numbers are derived from but not identical to the official COSPAR numbers.
The following resources may assist your interpretation of this SLR data:
FTP from CDDIS
You can also use anonymous ftp to obtain the MERIT II observations directly from the Crustal Dynamics Data Information System. Anonymous ftp to:
cddis.gsfc.nasa.govand change directories:
cd slr_data:[slrfr.tips]This directory contains a directory for each station that has recorded TiPS observations. These directories each contain one observation file per day of observations. They are stored in compressed format.