First GPS III satellite receives commands from OCX ground control segment

14 December 2017

Key Points

  • The first GPS III satellite successfully received commands from its ground control segment
  • This is a milestone on the path to the satellite’s anticipated 2018 launch

The first Lockheed Martin Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellite for the US Air Force (USAF) successfully established remote connectivity and communicated with the Raytheon Operational Control System (OCX), according to a Lockheed Martin statement.

GPS III-1 successfully completed factory mission readiness testing (FMRT) on 2 November. FMRT validated the command and control interaction between GPS III and OCX’s launch and checkout system (LCS) through a simulated full launch and early orbit mission event sequence.

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