NASA’s decision to halt work on a climate-monitoring sensor manifested to fly on a future U.S. weather satellite is but the latest twist in a program buffeted by uncertainty and competing priorities.
Exelis Geospatial Systems of Rochester, New York, tapped Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) Space Systems of Louisville, Colorado, to build a rotating mount for an instrument Exelis is providing for a U.S. civilian weather satellite launching in 2021.
After more than four decades of focusing almost exclusively on building weather instruments for the U.S. government, Exelis’ weather business is waging a campaign to broaden its product line to include environmental monitoring tools and to expand its customer base.
Harris Corp. is buying Exelis, Inc. in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $4.75 billion. Both companies have broad defense electronics portfolios, with a significant amount of space-related work.