L3Harris wins contract for meteorological satellite forecast project

L3Harris Technologies Inc. was selected by NASA to work on a new technology designed to significantly improve the accuracy and timeliness of predicting hurricanes and other adverse weather conditions in the United States.

Based in Melbourne, the company tests and evaluates the advanced concept of satellite meteorological sensors called “sounders” that measure temperature and water vapor from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Weather forecast modeling research will begin this month.

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NASA also chose Ball Aerospace, another high-tech company based in Colorado, to do the same. The space agency then nominates one of two companies to carry out production work.

Sounders from L3Harris Technologies Inc. are deployed on stationary operating environment satellites to provide comprehensive real-time information on temperature and water vapor. It features a large number of spectral channels, higher spatial resolution, and increased sensitivity for high quality sounding. The colors in this image of the Earth represent various measurements taken by the sounder.

Rob Mitrevski, vice president and general manager of spectrum solutions at L3Harris Space and Airborne Systems, said the technology L3Harris is working on is critical to improving the accuracy of weather forecasts.

“Sounders help keep ahead of the harsh weather,” Mitrevsky said.

According to Mitrevsky, the current sounder development contract is valued at $ 8 million, and the production contract is valued “much” more than that.

The sounder will be launched in the 2030s on a series of GOES satellites operated by NOAA. GOES is an acronym for static operating environment satellite.

According to Mitrevsky, the satellite is in geosynchronous orbit (22,300 miles above the equator), allowing sounders to constantly “stare” at parts of the atmosphere looking for patterns of moisture and wind.

Geosynchronous orbit follows the direction of the Earth’s rotation and is used by meteorological satellites for real-time data monitoring.

L3Harris wins contract for meteorological satellite forecast project

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