Raytheon, Lockheed Complete GPS Integration Phase; Ray Kolibaba Comments

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Raytheon Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp. exchanged satellite commands and data under an integration program, the companies announced Monday.

The companies said they exchanged the commands and telemetry information between Raytheon’s GPS Next Generation Operational Control System and Lockheed Martin’s Global Positioning System III satellite system.

The OCX development site is based in Aurora, Colo. and the GPS III satellite simulator is based in Newtown, Pa.

Ray Kolibaba, a Raytheon program manager, said GPS III is scheduled to launch in 2014.

The integration will assist throughout OCX system development and risk management of ground-satellite interface.

The goal of the GPS III modernization is to upgrade and sustain the development of military, commercial and civilian GPS technologies.

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