Harris wins NOAA ground-antenna contract

Communications and IT company Harris has been selected to provide the ground antenna system for a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programme that will enable receipt and processing of weather data 40 times faster than today, as well as delivery of weather images directly to end users.

Under the 10-year, $130m (£85m) contract, Harris and its partners – General Dynamics Satcom Technologies and Ares – will supply antennas and control systems for NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R (GOES-R) programme.

The antennas will provide communications links for command, telemetry and sensor data, as well as the communications link to direct-data users.