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TSAT Router Completes Tests

By | October 15, 2007

      The Lockheed Martin Corp. [LMT] — Northrop Grumman Corp. [NOC] Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT) team was the first to successfully complete the last in a series of verification tests of its next generation processor router (NGPR), the companies announced.

      The test was performed during the risk reduction and system definition phase of the TSAT Space Segment.

      Those spiral tests demonstrated additional NGPR functions and performance beyond those conducted in previous demonstrations. This final test in the risk reduction phase was completed ahead of schedule and met all test criteria with 100 percent success.

      The NGPR spiral test culminates a four-year risk reduction plan, developed with the Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing at the Air Force Space & Missile Systems Center. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory independently conducted the verification tests to ensure proper performance, functionality and compatibility with user terminals.

      TSAT will provide warfighters with high data rate connectivity to thousands of mobile terminals connected in an Internet Protocol (IP) network, thus enabling the information- intensive, network-centric warfare of the future. The NGPR is the heart of the network and protection capabilities.

      Completed in September, spiral tests verified uplink communication performance, information assurance features, interoperability with the Global Information Grid, and router ability to support the required number of terminals.

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