Harris weather instrument, ground system key to US government next-generation weather mission

Harris Corporation´s (NYSE:HRS) new Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) weather instrument and enterprise ground system will be key components of the GOES-R system, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration´s (NOAA) next-generation weather satellite scheduled to launch Nov. 19, the company said.

GOES-R will provide more detailed, accurate and rapid weather information than what is available from NOAA´s current geostationary weather satellites.

The Harris ABI, the main payload on GOES-R, is a high-resolution digital camera flying 22,300 miles above the Earth. It will increase image resolution to one-tenth of a square mile, or four times better than current imagers. More filters, or spectral bands, on the ABI will detect more information about volcanic ash, dust, clouds, winds, fires, rainfall rate, and hurricane intensity than today´s geostationary weather satellites. Critical information about severe weather events can come as fast as 30 seconds, five times faster than today.

Harris is a technology innovator, solving customers´ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. It supports customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately USD7.5 billion in annual revenue and 21,000 employees worldwide.