Harris Gets $284M NOAA Contract Extension to Update Weather Satellite Ground System

Harris (NYSE: HRS) received a three-year, $284M contract extension from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to continue updating the ground computing infrastructure used to manage geostationary weather satellites.

The award covers the modernization of information technology systems for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series and increases the total contract value to $1.65B, the company said Thursday.

The ground system is built to collect up to 3.5 terabytes of scientific data from GOES-16 and GOES-17 satellites every day for the National Weather Service to predict weather events or detect wildfires.

Both satellites use the Harris-built Advanced Baseline Imager payload and other onboard instruments.

According to the company, the contract will lay the foundation for possible cloud migration efforts and extend the firm’s collaboration with the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service to 13 years.

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