NOAA Issues $130 Million GOES-R Antenna Contract to Harris

[Satellite TODAY 07-21-10] The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded Harris Corp. a 10-year, $130 million contract to supply antennas and control systems for NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R (GOES-R) program, Harris announced July 20.
    Harris will work with contract teammates General Dynamics Satcom Technologies and ARES to deploy the GOES-R antennas, which aim to provide communications links for command, telemetry and sensor data as well as the communications link to direct data users.
    The contract includes design, fabrication, and testing of six 16.4-meter antennas and upgrading four 9.1-meter antennas. The 16.4-meter antennas will be installed at the NOAA Wallops Command and Data Acquisition Station in Wallops, Va., and a remote backup site in Fairmont, W.Va.
    The NOAA GOES-R program’s mission is to enable receipt and processing of weather data 40 times faster than today as well as delivery of weather images directly to end users. Harris also is the prime contractor and systems integrator for the 10-year, $736 million GOES-R Ground Segment program contract awarded in May 2009. As part of that program, the Harris team is designing, developing, and maintaining the ground segment, and will provide command and control of the GOES-R operational satellites.

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