Press Release

Harris Corporation Awarded $42 Million Contract to Provide All-Weather Imaging Payload Onboard New Military Spacecraft

By SpaceRef Editor
December 16, 2010
Filed under , ,

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded a 30-month, $42 million contract by Sierra Nevada Corporation to supply antenna and radar electronics for a satellite that will provide military commanders in the field with timely, high-resolution radar imagery of the earth’s surface – regardless of weather conditions or time of day.

Harris will design, build and integrate the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite payload for Sierra Nevada as part of NASA’s Rapid Response Space Works and Modular Space Vehicles program for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) Office. ORS is a joint NASA/DoD initiative with the charter to field modular payloads rapidly and inexpensively.

The payload architecture, designed to support a new family of modular military satellites, offers flexibility to support multiple missions with minimal changes in the basic design. SAR is the second payload to be developed by the ORS Office and will produce high-resolution radar imagery of the earth’s surface, even during darkness or inclement weather.

“Harris has decades of experience producing trusted solutions for satellite antennas and electronics, and we are applying this capability to small yet highly advanced payloads,” said Bill Gattle, vice president, Space Communications Programs. “This contract brings the benefits of our proven imaging technology to warfighters while also furthering our goal to become a major presence in the small-payload community.”

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications(R) products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements about the expected value of the program to Harris are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties. Other factors that may impact the company’s results and forward-looking statement may be disclosed in the company’s filings with the SEC. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

SpaceRef staff editor.