Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) will celebrate a major space satellite
antenna milestone – the production of its 100th unfurlable
mesh reflector, which provides the critical communications link between
satellites and ground stations. The company is the world reflector
leader, producing significantly more than any other company over the
past 40-plus years.
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Harris Corporation employees celebrate the production of the company’s 100th unfurlable reflector (Photo: Business Wire)
Harris employees, customers and other dignitaries will gather next week
at the company’s Palm Bay, Florida, facility to commemorate the
production of the latest reflector, which will support a
carbon-monitoring satellite mission to study the changing state of
global forests. Harris is manufacturing the reflector for Airbus Defence
and Space, Europe’s leading space company.
The 12-meter reflector will be the first space-borne, P-band antenna
designed to observe annual changes in biomass – the amount of living
matter in a given habitat – in most of the world’s forests, over
multiple growth cycles. Studying biomass is important in understanding
the Earth’s climate.
This milestone demonstrates Harris’ commitment to investing in and
growing space antenna reflector solutions with unmatched on-orbit
success and design options. Harris continues to invest in its
technologies with more than $300 million annual internal research and
development – representing an industry-leading 5 percent of company
revenue. The company began manufacturing space antennas in the 1970s.
“The production of Harris’ 100th unfurlable mesh reflector is a major
accomplishment, and we’re excited to see it support an environmental
mission with global impact,” said Tom Campbell, general manager, Space
Antennas and Structures, Harris Space and Intelligence Systems. “This is
a tribute to the more than 400 dedicated men and women who engineer and
build these state-of-the-art reflectors at Harris.”
Chris Lloyd, Head of the Biomass programme at Airbus said: “Building the
world’s first forest measurement satellite for the European Space Agency
is a huge challenge – and this reflector will be a key element in
helping to measure forest biomass and carbon on a global scale.”
For additional information, visit: www.harris.com/Celebrating100Unfurlables.
About Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation is a leading
technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical
challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect.
Harris supports government and commercial customers in more than 100
countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. The
company is organized into three business segments: Communication
Systems, Electronic Systems and Space and Intelligence Systems. Learn
more at harris.com.