Harris Selects General Dynamics to Upgrade, Deliver GOES-R Antennas

[Satellite TODAY 08-27-10] General Dynamics Satcom Technologies received an $80 million contract from Harris Corp. to design, manufacture and install six new 16-meter antennas and upgrade four 9-meter satellite communications antennas for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)-R program, General Dynamics announced Aug. 26.
    The 16-meter antennas aim to enable critical command, control, telemetry and sensor data communications between GOES-R weather satellites and ground stations and will be installed at the NOAA Wallops Command and Data Acquisition Station in Wallops, Va., with a remote backup site in Fairmont, W.Va.
    In addition to supporting the new GOES-R program, General Dynamics Satcom Technologies’ antennas will also be compatible with the existing GOES-N through GOES-P series of satellites. 
    The antenna deliveries will be aligned with the first GOES-R satellite launch, scheduled for 2015. General Dynamics subcontractor Nexcom, will support the company’s effort by providing high power amplifiers to the GOES-R program.

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