Boeing to Upgrade GPS Control Segment
[Satellite Today 11-18-08] Boeing will upgrade the U.S. Air Force‘s Operational Control Segment (OCS) satellite ground control system to operate GPS 2F satellites as well as provide advanced encryption and data-protection capabilities, Boeing announced Nov. 17.
The OCS system, also known as the Architecture Evolution Plan, is a distributed-server-based system designed to improve operations, increase efficiency and provide a foundation for new capabilities. "This is the first step in enabling the advancements that the GPS 2F satellite brings to the GPS constellation," Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, said in a statement. "The flexible design of the OCS system enables it to accommodate technology improvements as they become available."
The first of 12 Boeing-built GPS 2F satellites is scheduled to launch in the third quarter of 2009.