GPS III system exchanges satellite commands and data between simulator and development site

Newtown, Pa., 17 April 2012. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] have successfully completed an integration milestone between Raytheon's Global Positioning System (GPS) Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) and Lockheed Martin's GPS III satellite system.

On February 2, the joint team exchanged satellite commands and telemetry data between the GPS III satellite simulator in Newtown, Pa., and the OCX development site in Aurora, Colo. The integration of the two sites will facilitate development testing of the OCX system and allow risk reduction testing of the ground-satellite interface in a test-like-you-fly configuration.

The GPS III program will replace aging GPS satellites while improving capability to meet the needs of military, commercial and civilian users.


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