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Raytheon“™s Ground Control System Backs First USAF GPS III Satellite Launch; Dave Wajsgras Quoted

Raytheon“™s Ground Control System Backs First USAF GPS III Satellite Launch; Dave Wajsgras Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Raytheon“™s Ground Control System Backs First USAF GPS III Satellite Launch; Dave Wajsgras Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Dave Wajsgras

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.

The Lockheed Martin-built GPS III SV01 satellite lifted off Sunday aboard SpaceX“™s Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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