TheÂ U.S. Air ForceÂ can continue its program to developÂ aÂ new ground-based command system for the military branch’s GPS satellite constellation afterÂ Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall certified the project to Congress, DoD News reported Friday.
The report saidÂ the magnitude of required information assurance effort, concurrent systems engineering activities, inconsistent baselines configuration management, a lack of automation andÂ immature software were among the factors that led to program cost increasesÂ that breached theÂ Nunn-McCurdyÂ Act.
The OCX segment will compriseÂ a master control station and anÂ alternate master control station, dedicated monitor stations, ground antennas, GPS system simulator and a standardized space trainer.
â€œThis is what the controllers on the ground are going to use to make sure that all the satellites are talking to each other, that theyâ€™re exchanging the same information [and] that theyâ€™re where theyâ€™re supposed to be,â€ saidÂ James MacStravic, acting assistant secretary of defense for acquisition.
TheÂ GPS Advanced Control SegmentÂ is designed to supportÂ launch, orbit insertion, checkout, anomaly resolution and disposal of GPS III, subsequent satellites and control legacy satellites.