- Press Release
- Apr 1, 2023
L3Harris to Design and Build NOAA’s Next-Generation Geostationary Weather Imager
L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX) announced today a $765 million contract from NASA to design and build the next-generation, high-resolution imager for NOAA’s Geostationary Extended Observations satellite system.
The GeoXO Imager will provide advanced visible and infrared imagery, more precise observations and improved water vapor measurements to significantly improve the accuracy and timeliness of weather forecasting in the Western Hemisphere. The addition of two new spectral bands and enhanced spatial resolution will improve space-based severe weather monitoring as well as short-term weather predictions and wildfire tracking.
“This award demonstrates L3Harris’ proficiency to advance mission-critical geostationary imagers for NOAA,” said Ed Zoiss, President, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris. “We’re honored to continue our role with NASA and NOAA as a key provider of geostationary capabilities by adding relevant mission value to our nation’s next-generation weather architecture.”
Slated to begin launching in 2032, the GeoXO mission will provide the mainstay of NOAA’s geostationary observation through 2055.
“We’re proud to be a part of NOAA’s GeoXO observing system, supporting short-term forecasts, severe weather, and disaster monitoring to provide advanced warning to decision makers,” said Rob Mitrevski, Vice President and General Manager, Spectral Solutions, L3Harris. “This program continues our 60-year heritage in this mission area, serving to protect the lives and personal property of our citizens.”
From space to ground, L3Harris provides the Advanced Baseline Imager for space-based data collection on NOAA’s GOES-R mission, as well as the GOES-R enterprise ground system providing downlink, data processing and distribution, and command and control of the four-satellite GOES-R constellation.
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