Boeing’s Global Positioning System operational control segment has gained full operational status at Schriever Air Force Base.

The system keeps the GPS operational within specified accuracy to provide both secure and precise navigation around the world.

The move marks the first time in more than 20 years a GPS control system has been deployed for use by the Air Force.

The upgraded system provides services through enhanced performance of the current GPS satellite constellation, as well as assistance in launching new GPS satellites.

The Boeing-led team, consisting of Lockheed Martin, Braxton Technologies and a.i. solutions, supported the Air Force in completing a comprehensive series of operational tests and evaluations that began in 2007, when the Air Force transitioned satellite operations from the previous system to the current operating system.

The OCS system — designed to improve operations and provide new capability to GPS users — uses its distributed, open software and hardware architectures to increase operator efficiency, and the accuracy of positioning, navigation and timing.

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