L3Harris Technologies announced on Monday that the National Administration of Space and Aeronautics (NASA) has selected the company to develop a next-generation concept geostationary weather imagers. The concept aims to help advance tracking, forecasting, and other observations of Earth’s future severe weather.
“L3Harris will leverage its five decades of engineering and manufacturing experience building space-based imaging systems to develop the next-generation weather satellite concept. 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,” commented Edouard Zoiss, president of Space and Airborne Systems at L3Harris.
L3Harris will be required to develop an imager design and perform technology development for the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Geostationary and Extended Orbit Satellite System (GEO-XO). The GEO-XO mission is designed to replace the currently operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R) weather satellites.
The next-generation GEO-XO imager will incorporate additional spectral bands, improved data compression algorithms and higher spatial resolution. These enhanced capabilities, combined with the imager’s efficient scanning capabilities, will provide excellent severe storm tracking, weather forecasting, and other significant benefits for public and private users.
L3Harris has a strong track record in developing similar meteorological sensors. The company’s products are used on AA’s Advanced Baseline Imager for the GOES-R series of satellites, the Cross Track infrared sounder for the Joint Polar Satellite System and more. NOAA’s GEO-XO program is expected to launch in the early 2030s with support from NASA.
About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is a global aerospace and defense technology innovator, providing 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.