L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has been selected by Airbus Defence and Space to build a space reflector antenna for a next-generation satellite which will provide mobile telecommunication services throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Central Asia, the company said.
The geostationary satellite, owned and operated by Yahsat/Thuraya, will carry an L-band payload that will enable high-speed services for all customer segments, including defense, government and enterprise throughout multiple continents. The satellite, equipped with L3Harris technology, is scheduled for operation in 2024.
Since the company began space reflector antenna operations nearly 50 years ago, L3Harris has designed and built large-aperture reflectors and deployable mesh reflector-feed antenna systems ranging from one meter to the world´s largest commercially available 22-meter reflector. L3Harris has nearly 100 reflectors on orbit.
The reflector antenna for the Thuraya 4-NGS satellite will be manufactured and tested at L3Harris facilities in Palm Bay, Fla.
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers´ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains.