22 May 2014
Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) said it has successfully conducted the critical design review for the Enhanced Polar System Control and Planning Segment the week of April 28 and the Military Satellite Communications Systems directorate (MILSATCOM) exercised the program´s development option on April 30.
The US Air Force´s EPS provides space-enabled, secure communications capabilities to polar users in support of national objectives. EPS CAPS supplies telemetry and control, mission planning and cryptographic planning for the EPS payload.
The design review concentrated on ensuring all CAPS requirements were completely allocated, feasible and verifiable. It also reviewed the details of both the hardware and software designs to ensure they adequately addressed the segment requirements to include specialty engineering analysis, detailed plans for verification and validation, as well as updated program risks. Some elements of the design also highlighted demonstrations during the review showing the progress retiring potential development risks.
Northrop Grumman was awarded the EPS CAPS contract in November 2012. The base 18-month contract was for segment design and risk reduction efforts. The next phase of the contract covers 48 months of work to finish CAPS development, deployment and initial sustainment. Primary design, development and testing are being done in Redondo Beach, California, with additional CAPS work performed in Orlando, Florida, and Needham and Marlborough, Massachusetts.
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