Systems will support over 40 times increase in meteorological data to
be ingested, processed and distributed compared to current satellites.
Delivery and installation of the first 89 racks of equipment and
software to be completed in April 2014.
Harris is the prime contractor and systems integrator for the GOES-R
Series Ground Segment.
MELBOURNE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has passed a critical pre-shipment review
and initiated a phased delivery and installation of hardware and
software that will form the network infrastructure for the ground
segment of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s
Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R Series (GOES-R)
GOES-R will enable more accurate weather forecasts by supplying
meteorological data to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) with much greater detail and significantly faster
than the current GOES satellites. The GOES-R series will provide
continuous imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth’s Western
Hemisphere, as well as space weather monitoring, and will serve as a
primary tool for the detection and tracking of hurricanes and severe
weather. Launch of the first GOES-R satellite is scheduled for early
Harris will install 89 of the systems’ 155 total racks of equipment by
mid-April 2014 at NOAA’s satellite operations facilities in Virginia,
West Virginia and Maryland.
The Harris systems will form an enterprise-wide backbone that will
enable 40 times greater volume of data to be ingested, processed and
then distributed to NOAA’s National Weather Service and more than 10,000
other direct users. Harris is also providing satellite command and
control software, which was delivered during the summer of 2013 and is
currently being used by NOAA satellite operations teams.
"We have worked closely with NOAA and our industry partners to achieve
this key milestone, providing the foundation for upcoming deliveries of
weather product generation software later in 2014,” said Romy Olaisen,
vice president, Civil Programs, Harris Government Communications Systems.
Harris is providing incremental deliveries of the ground system to allow
time for NOAA satellite operators and weather monitoring organizations
to prepare for the new equipment, procedures and data associated with
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology
company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125
countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has
approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and about 14,000 employees –
including 6,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to
developing best-in-class assured communications® products,
systems and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is
available at harris.com.
Harris Government Communications Systems
Sleighton Meyer, 321-727-6514
Jim Burke, 321-727-9131
Source: Harris Corporation