A Raytheon-built ground control platform has supported the launch of the U.S. Air Force’s first GPS III satellite.
Raytheon said Sunday the GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System will help steer the GPS III Space Vehicle 01 to its final orbit for approximately 10 days.
“The GPS OCX Block 0 launch and checkout system is foundational to the improved precision, navigation and timing of the entire constellation,” said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon’s intelligence, information and services business.
Wajsgras, a four-time Wash100 winner, added the company expects GPS OCX to provide the highest level of cybersecurity protection to the satellites.
Lockheed said the ground control system is meant to support future GPS III satellite launches to help deploy anti-jam capabilities and a new civil signal.
Raytheon noted that its joint venture with General Dynamics’ information technology business – RGNext – offered operational services to ensure the Falcon 9 rocket’s safe launch.