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Maxar Awards L3Harris Large Deployable Reflectors Contract

By Rachel Jewett | March 8, 2023

Rendering of an L3Harris reflector antenna. Photo: L3Harris

Maxar Technologies has awarded L3Harris a contract to design and build reflector antennas for two Geostationary Orbit (GEO) communication satellites, the companies announced Wednesday.

The two nine-meter unfurlable mesh reflector antennas will provide high-power signals and are designed to improve service quality across the satellites’ coverage areas. The antennas are designed with a flexible architecture similar to an umbrella so that they are collapsible, companct, and easy to integrate onto spacecraft. The high-performance reflector antennas also feature a proprietary, gold-plated mesh-reflective surface that maximizes antenna gain and provides improved performance required for mobile media services.

They will be built in L3Harris’ Palm Bay, Florida facilities.

“We continue to deliver unmatched performance in space antenna solutions,” said Ed Zoiss, president of Space and Airborne Systems for L3Harris. “This is why L3Harris remains the most experienced manufacturer and number-one provider of mission critical large reflector antennas.”