Harris Corp. on May 3 said it has successfully tested a software patch that will upgrade thousands of U.S. military tactical radio terminals to use the higher-throughput MUOS satellite system.
Harris Corp. plans further workforce reductions at its CapRock Communications satellite services division in the face of the decline in satellite-bandwidth demand from energy exploration companies as crude-oil prices test multi-year lows.
Much of that money will go toward Harris programs that focus on space situational awareness, said Chris Forseth, vice president and general manager of Harris’ space superiority business sector. That business unit is generally responsible for offensive and defensive space control, and space situational awareness capabilities.
The partnership between exactEarth of Canada and Harris Corp. of the United States to place maritime data-collection payloads on 58 Iridium Next low-orbiting satellites is structured so that each company benefits from the other’s commercial success, according to exactEarth.
ASC Signal won a subcontract from Harris Corp., the ground segment provider for the next generation of U.S. civilian geostationary weather satellites, to provide eight L-band antennas for the program.
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.