MELBOURNE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NASA has selected L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX) to develop a concept for the next generation of geostationary weather imagers that will help advance future severe storm tracking, weather forecasting, climate and other observations of the earth.
L3Harris will develop imager design, technology development and analysis for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) geostationary and extended orbit (GEO-XO) satellite system. The GEO-XO mission will eventually replace the agency’s current series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) weather satellites, which includes the primary payload built by L3Harris.
“L3Harris will leverage its five decades of engineering and manufacturing experience building space-based imaging systems to develop the next-generation weather satellite concept,” said Ed Zoiss, president, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris. . “The new imager will support NOAA’s efforts to continually improve Earth observations from geostationary orbit, a critical capability that protects the lives and property of our nation’s citizens.”
The next-generation L3Harris GEO-XO imager will feature additional spectral bands, higher spatial resolution, and improved data compression algorithms. These features, combined with flexible and efficient scanning capabilities, will provide better tracking of severe storms, weather forecasting, improved fire and smoke detection, and other vital benefits for government users, scientists and our nation.
Supported by NASA, NOAA’s GEO-XO program is expected to launch in the early 2030s. L3Harris is the leading provider of weather sensors piloted by U.S. and international customers, such as NOAA’s Advanced Baseline Imager for the GOES-R series of satellites, the Cross Track Infrared Sounder for the Joint Polar Satellite System, Japan’s Himawari Advanced Imagers for the Himawari mission, and South Korea’s Advanced Meteorological Instrument for GEOKompsat-2a.
About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global innovator in aerospace and defense technologies, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet critical customer needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies in the air, land, maritime, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has annual revenue of approximately $18 billion and 48,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries. L3Harris.com.
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