Boeing awards Harris satellite-antennas contract

Communications and information-technology company Harris has been awarded a contract from Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems to build Ka-band antennas for three Inmarsat-5 satellites.

The new satellite constellation will be the backbone for a worldwide, wireless broadband network called Inmarsat Global Xpress.

The Harris antennas will direct 95 Ka-band beams on the earth, enabling the constellation of three Inmarsat-5 satellites to provide high-capacity coverage of the entire globe and to adapt to the ever-changing usage patterns over the projected 15-year operation of the satellites.

The Inmarsat-5 antennas are part of the company’s flight-proven Gimbal Dish Antenna (GDA) systems, which enable beams to be steered to accommodate changing/increasing user demands.