NOAA Awards Harris GOES-R Ground Segment Contract
Harris [NYSE: HRS], a Melbourne, Fla.-based satellite data ground processing and command, control and communications systems, has been awarded a one- year contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for ground segment work supporting the advanced Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) program. Scheduled to launch in 2012, GOES-R will feature advanced sensor technology and will provide higher resolution and data frequency than the current GOES spacecraft family.
Under the GOES-R contract, Harris will study the application of its ground data processing and command and control technologies to the overall satellite ground system architecture, and provide end-to-end system integration solutions. The study phase contains a six-month option at the end of the base year contract. At the completion of the study phase in May 2005, NOAA will select the winning companies to compete for the prototype phase of the program. The prototype phase will end with a “fly-off” competition in 2006, with NOAA selecting a single company for development and production of the GOES-R ground segment.