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Companies partner for GPS program

June 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM

COLORADO SPRINGS, June 6 (UPI) -- Three U.S. firms have teamed for development and sustainment work on a U.S. Air Force contract for GPS ground hardware and software for space vehicles.

The team -- comprised of Boeing, Raytheon and Harris Corp. – was formed for the current GPS Operational Control Segment program for space vehicles and their payloads, which will eventually transition to next-generation control segment known as GPS OCX.

GPS OCX is being developed by Raytheon with support from Boeing, with the aim of providing more precise satellite navigation for military and commercial use.

"This team brings together the best of industry in the current GPS sustainment effort and ensures a smooth transition to the next-generation system," said Sparky Olsen, director, Boeing Mission Operations.

"The Boeing, Raytheon, and Harris team is a natural fit for the GCSS effort because it leverages our current working relationship with Boeing and ensures an absolutely seamless transition from the current system to OCX," said Ray Kolibaba, Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems vice president and OCX program manager.

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