NOAA SWFO-L1 mission

L3Harris to Build Ground Control System for NOAA Space Weather Observatory

L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX) has received a five-year, $43 million contract to build a command and control system for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's next space weather observatory.

The company will develop, deploy and operate ground infrastructure of the Space Weather Follow On-Lagrange 1 satellite that is scheduled for 2025 launch, NOAA said Friday.

SWFO-L1 is designed to transmit imagery data on solar wind and coronal mass ejection to the Colorado-based Space Weather Prediction Center run by the National Weather Service.

NOAA plans to launch the observatory via rideshare with the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe or IMAP, a NASA mission that will focus on studying particles and solar wind in the sun's heliosphere.

Ball Aerospace is building the SWFO-L1 spacecraft under a $96.9 million delivery order awarded last year through NASA's Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III contract.

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