[Via Satellite 06-12-2015] Raytheon recently demonstrated the Global Positioning System’s Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX) to the Department of Defense (DOD) and other stakeholders through a series of realistic operational demonstrations. These demonstrations, which incorporated software that will be delivered with the Launch and Checkout System (LCS), validated how automation will improve system efficiency and effectiveness. GPS OCX is the ground-based command and control system that will manage GPS satellites with improved accuracy, precision and cyber protection.
The demonstrations showed how OCX will automate many tasks currently performed manually, resulting in reduced opportunities for error and increased operational tempo for delivering military and other applications. OCX uses a new high-power, jam-resistant military signal known as M-Code, and features cyber automation, detection and response capabilities.
Raytheon is currently installing the Block 0 LCS hardware at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado. LCS software, which includes the cyber-hardened infrastructure for OCX Block 1, is in the qualification test phase and is on track for delivery in mid-2016.