Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) said it 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) program.
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 2016.
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.
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 USD5bn of annual revenue and about 14,000 employees including 6,000 engineers and scientists. Its website is at harris.com.