Press Release

Harris Corporation’s OS/COMET Product to be Used for NASA’s Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle Project

By SpaceRef Editor
September 14, 2010
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Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, announced today that Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC) will use its OS/COMET(R) telemetry, tracking, and command software for the Orion Program’s Telemetry System to serve the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) new Orion crew exploration vehicle. The OS/COMET product will be a vital part of LMSSC Integrated Electrical Ground Support Equipment located at multiple labs in Denver and Houston, and test facilities in Ohio and Florida.

“Lockheed Martin’s use of OS/COMET for the Orion Telemetry System is based on OS/COMET’s flexibility and adaptability to meet the stringent telemetry requirements for the Orion vehicle,” said Stephen Cross, senior staff engineer, Orion Program, LMSSC. “The use of Harris’ OS/COMET commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) product aligns with NASA’s direction of using COTS products on their programs.”

“Harris is pleased that the OS/COMET product is used by Lockheed Martin to support the Orion crew exploration vehicle,” said Wayne Lucernoni, vice president, Intel and Civil Programs, Harris IT Services. “Harris’ reliability stems from over two decades of success with telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) deployments in support of both commercial and defense spacecraft.”

OS/COMET delivers superior TT&C capabilities for military, intelligence, and commercial satellite constellations. It provides an extensible and flexible software ground control system that supports the development of more efficient operational solutions for existing or proposed space systems. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center previously selected the OS/COMET product for the Launch Control System.

The Orion crew exploration vehicle is managed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The Orion crew exploration vehicle program will provide a state-of-the-art human space flight system capable of safely transferring astronauts to and from the International Space Station, the Moon, Mars and other destinations beyond low earth orbit.

Harris IT Services is a leading provider of end-to-end solutions in mission-critical IT transformation, managed solutions, and information assurance. With over 3,000 professionals performing to the highest industry standards at locations worldwide, Harris IT Services offers demonstrated past performance, proven technical expertise, and innovative solutions in supporting large-scale IT programs that encompass the full technology lifecycle. The organization’s distributed workforce, present in all 50 states, and extensive experience in performance-based contracting and managed IT services, combine to deliver exceptional results to our defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and commercial customers.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets worldwide. 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

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