Press Release

NASA Kennedy Space Center selects Harris Corporation’s OS/COMET(R) Product for the Constellation Launch Control Program

By SpaceRef Editor
November 4, 2008
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Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) announced today that NASA Kennedy Space Center has selected its OS/COMET(R) telemetry, tracking, and command (TT&C) software for the Constellation Launch Control System. OS/COMET(R) is a commercial off-the-shelf software tool that provides superior TT&C capabilities for military, intelligence, and commercial satellite constellations. The OS/COMET(R) product will deliver critical command and telemetry processing services to meet the needs of the Launch Control System architecture.

The KSC Launch Control System architecture leverages leading-edge industry standards, existing technologies, and commercially available products to provide significant core functionality in the command and control of constellation launch vehicles and ground support systems. Based on open software architecture concepts, the Launch Control System will deploy OS/COMET(R) to provide a service within the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) pattern. Using OS/COMET(R) as a SOA service capitalizes on its ease of configuration and efficient API interface to the LCS architecture.

“Launch control is the perfect space application for OS/COMET(R) and this procurement by KSC is an indication of NASA’s new direction of using COTS for the Constellation program,” said Frank Van Rensselaer, vice president and senior executive account manager, NASA Programs, Harris Corporation. “Harris has a 50-year legacy with the NASA mission to complement more than two decades of successful TT&C deployments supporting commercial and defense spacecraft. OS/COMET(R) is the lowest risk COTS launch control choice for Constellation.”

Harris conducts advanced research studies and develops network architectures for NASA that provides highly reliable, space and terrestrial communications and support solutions that solve the mission critical challenges of NASA’s Exploration program.

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 annual revenue of $5.4 billion and 16,500 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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