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Northrop Grumman to support Space Force for Polar System Recapitalisation

Stephen Kuper

Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully completed a delta Critical Design Review (dCDR) with the US Space Force for the Enhanced Polar System Recapitalisation (EPS-R) Control and Planning Segment (CAPS) program.

Northrop Grumman to support Space Force for Polar System Recapitalisation
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EPS-R CAPS facilitates military satellite communications in the Earth’s north polar region by providing continuous coverage for secure, jam-resistant, strategic and tactical communications. CAPS is the ground segment providing command and control, and mission planning for all four of the EPS/EPS-R payloads with a single software baseline.

Rob Fleming, vice president of strategic force programs at Northrop Grumman, explained, "The successful completion of this milestone demonstrates our team’s commitment to agile processes. Extensive collaboration between the Northrop Grumman and customer teams was a large part of the design review success."

In addition to the ground segment, EPS-R will also include two eXtended Data Rate (XDR) payloads developed by Northrop Grumman, which will serve to provide coverage in the region until the Protected Tactical SATCOM and Evolved Strategic SATCOM polar variants become operational in the 2030s.

"The final design review content was shaped in cross functional working group meetings in the preceding weeks leading up to and resulting in a high quality dCDR event that met 100 per cent of the exit criteria within 13 months of the contract’s authority to proceed," Fleming added. 

With the completion of dCDR the program is now ready to move to the development, integration and test phase.

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