USAF Awards Next-Generation GPS Development Contract

2 March 2010 (Last Updated March 2nd, 2010 18:30)

The USAF development contract to improve the accuracy of global positioning system (GPS) satellites has been awarded to Raytheon. Under the $886m contract, Raytheon will produce the first two development blocks of the advanced control segment (OCX), which will significantly enhance GPS

The USAF development contract to improve the accuracy of global positioning system (GPS) satellites has been awarded to Raytheon.

Under the $886m contract, Raytheon will produce the first two development blocks of the advanced control segment (OCX), which will significantly enhance GPS capabilities.

Based on a modern service-oriented architecture, the OCX system will feature anti-jam capabilities and improved security, accuracy and reliability as well as integrate government and industry open-system standards.

The OCX will strengthen GPS command, control and mission capabilities, as well as make the operations of the current GPS block II and all future GPS satellites easier.

A satellite-based radio navigation system for the military and the public, the GPS includes three major segments, which include the user segment, the space segment and the control segment, comprising a master control station and ground antennas.

Raytheon’s team in this project includes Boeing, ITT, Braxton Technologies, Infinity Systems Engineering and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.