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GPS OCX testing moves to Schriever AFB

21st April 2017 - 11:30 by The Shephard News Team

GPS OCX testing moves to Schriever AFB

The testing of the launch and checkout system (LCS) for the US Air Force's Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX) is now moving to Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado for further testing, Raytheon announced on 19 April.

The LCS, which performs early orbit checkout, recently completed its factory qualification testing.

At Schriever, the LCS will go through complete site-specific qualification and acceptance testing, including qualification and verification of the system's external interfaces, performance on the OCX hardware installed at the base, and final cybersecurity checks and configuration audits.

The GPS modernisation programme will provide new positioning, navigation and timing capabilities for US military and civilian users. The GPS OCX is replacing the current GPS operational control system and will support the launch of the GPS III satellites.

The new system will provide enhanced performance, effective use of modern civil and military signals and secure information-sharing with advanced cyber protection.

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