GPS III And OCX Satellite Launch And Early Orbit Operations Successfully Demonstrated

   GPS III And OCX Satellite Launch And Early Orbit Operations Successfully

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon complete key program milestone

PR Newswire

NEWTOWN, Pa., Sept. 12, 2013

NEWTOWN, Pa., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and
Raytheon Company [NYSE: RTN] successfully completed the third of five planned
launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate the launch readiness of the
world's most powerful and accurate Global Positioning System (GPS), the U.S.
Air Force's next generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System

Successful completion of Exercise 3, on August 1, was a key milestone
demonstrating Raytheon's OCX software meets mission requirements and is on
track to support the launch of the first GPS III satellite, currently being
produced by Lockheed Martin. Two additional readiness exercises and six 24/7
launch rehearsals are planned prior to launch of the first GPS III satellite
in 2015.

Using new installments of Raytheon's OCX software and Lockheed Martin's GPS
III Launch and Checkout Capability (LCC), the Air Force Global Positioning
System Directorate and the industry team completed a launch and early orbit
exercise over a three-day period in late July. Exercise 3 demonstrated
space-ground communications; first acquisition and transfer orbit sequences;
orbit-raising maneuver planning and execution; and basic anomaly detection and
resolution capabilities. In addition, the industry and customer teams jointly
executed mission planning activities, such as orbit determination and the
generation of upload command files.

Exercise 3 expands on two previous exercises, with a longer mission timeline,
and the introduction of simulated vehicle and ground anomalies to evaluate the
combined response capabilities of the control segment, satellite and
operations crew. "Successful completion of Exercise 3 clearly demonstrates
that OCX is on track to support the first GPS III satellite launch," stated
Matt Gilligan, a vice president with Raytheon's Intelligence, Information and
Services business and Raytheon's GPS OCX program manager. "The system
responded as designed, and met all of the launch exercise success criteria and
successfully demonstrated our anomaly response."

"Exercise 3 demonstrated that the cross-organizational operations team is on
track to support successful GPS III launch and on-orbit checkout missions from
our Newtown facility. I look forward to the team's continued success as they
progress through the complex mission readiness program towards the first GPS
III launch," said Keoki Jackson, vice president of Lockheed Martin's
Navigation Systems mission area.

The Lockheed Martin-developed GPS III satellites and Raytheon's OCX are
critical elements of the U.S. Air Force's effort to modernize the GPS
enterprise more affordably while improving capabilities to meet the evolving
demands of military, commercial and civilian users worldwide.

GPS III satellites will deliver three times better accuracy; provide up to
eight times more powerful anti-jamming capabilities; and include enhancements
which extend spacecraft life 25 percent further than the prior GPS block. The
GPS III also will carry a new civil signal designed to be interoperable with
other international global navigation satellite systems, enhancing civilian
user connectivity. The spacecraft bus and antenna assemblies for the first
GPS III satellite have been delivered to Lockheed Martin's GPS III Processing
Facility and are in the integration and test flow leading to the planned space
vehicle delivery in mid-2014.

OCX is being developed in two Blocks using a commercial best practice
iterative software development process, with seven iterations in Block 1 and
one iteration in Block 2. Exercise 3 was conducted using the recently
completed Iteration 1.4 software. Exercise 4, scheduled for early 2014, will
use Iteration 1.5 software, which includes the Launch and Checkout System
capability as well as all critical information assurance features needed to
support launch of the first GPS III satellite.

The GPS III team is led by the Global Positioning Systems Directorate at the
U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Air Force Space Command's 2nd
Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS), based at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.,
manages and operates the GPS constellation for both civil and military users.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture,
integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and
services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.  For more
information about Lockheed Martin and GPS III, visit and follow us on Twitter @LockheedMartin

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees
worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense,
security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation
spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission
systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects;
and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a
broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham,
Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at and follow us on
Twitter @raytheon.

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