GPS OCX completes development phase
Raytheon has announced that its GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX) has completed full software and hardware development and entered into the system integration and test phase.
GPS OCX is the enhanced ground control segment of the US Air Force-led effort to modernise the US’ GPS system, and is on track to meet its June 2021 contractual delivery deadline, according to Raytheon.
‘GPS OCX is one of the largest, most complex software development programmes in the Department of Defense, and we're now in the home stretch toward full system delivery,’ Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and Services business, explained.
The GPS OCX team completed development of 1.5 million lines of software code, supported by commercial software development processes, under an effort that began in 2016.
The USAF used the cyber-secure GPS OCX launch and checkout system, also referred to as Block 0, to launch the first modernised GPS III satellite into space in December 2018, and the second in August 2019.
The focus for the remainder of 2019 is the delivery of the system's new modernised receivers, which will measure and monitor legacy military and civilian signals sent by the current GPS satellite constellation, plus the new signals sent by the next-generation GPS III satellites.
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