Harris subsidiary gets USD316m joint polar satellite system weather payloads contract

A Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) subsidiary has received a USD316 million cost-plus-award-fee contract modification to build two payloads for the fourth and fifth weather satellites in the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration´s (NOAA) Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) program, the company said.

Known as the Polar Follow-On extension JPSS-3 and JPSS-4 missions, the contract was awarded to Exelis Space Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris, by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., on behalf of NOAA.

JPSS is a collaborative effort between NOAA and NASA that ensures continuity of observational data at the quality levels needed to sustain current weather forecasts beyond 2017.

Harris is a technology innovator that supports customers in more than 125 countries, has approximately USD8 billion in annual revenue and 22,000 employees worldwide.