Harris Corporation has been awarded a one-year, $43 million contract to provide operations and maintenance services for the US Air Force Satellite Control Network’s (AFSCN’s) communications functions in Colorado and California.
The contract is said to contain options that could increase the overall value of the deal to $355 million by 2009.
Under terms of the contract, Harris will provide communications support services that include site integration, scheduling, maintenance of technical drawings, database applications programming, local area network/wide area network (LAN/WAN) operations, help desk functions, and military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) terminal operations.
Harris already provides operations and maintenance support for the AFSCN’s worldwide locations under the Operational Space Services and Support (OSSS) contract, currently valued at approximately $220 million.
Harris Technical Services Corporation (HTSC) is executing both contracts on behalf of Harris Corporation.
The Air Force Satellite Control Network is managed by the US Air Force 50th Space Wing, which operates satellite operation centres and their communications networks at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado as well as remote tracking stations and other global command and control facilities.
These facilities monitor satellites during launch, position the satellites in their proper orbits following launch, operate the satellites while they are in orbit and resolve satellite anomalies when they occur.