Northrop Grumman has received approval from the Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate to move forward in the company’s development work on a space-based communications system after completing a design review.
The company said Wednesday it has reviewed the Enhanced Polar System Control And Planning Segment‘s hardware and software designs and checked if these have met CAPS requirements for verification, validation, specialty engineering analysis and risk management.
“Completing all the design work and risk reduction required for EPS CAPS in just 18 months was a real triumph of teamwork and perseverance for our Northrop Grumman team as well as our MILSATCOM customer,” said David Ryan, vice president and general manager of Northrop’s intelligence systems division.
“With the detailed design work behind us, we can concentrate on development and final planning for the segment and system tests with the other EPS segments in the near future,” Ryan said.
The U.S. Air Force aims to provide polar users with a space-enabled communications system through the EPS program.
From the base EPS CAPS contract Northrop received in 2012, the company will proceed to the next phase of work that covers 48 months of development , deployment and initial sustainment.
Initial design, development and testing functions occur in California, Florida and Massachusetts.