Antennas Will Enable Next Generation Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites-R (GOES-R) Systems to Deliver More Accurate Weather Forecasts 40 Times Faster
General Dynamics C4 Systems’ SATCOM Technologies has received an $80 million contract from Harris Corporation to design, manufacture and install six new 16-meter antennas. The new installations include site development, civil works, monitor and control and all RF uplink and downlink equipment. Upgrades of four 9-meter satellite communications antennas are also included in the contract. Supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) new GOES-R program, the antennas will enable critical command, control, telemetry and sensor data communications between satellites and ground stations.
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) system supports weather forecasting, severe storm tracking and meteorology research. GOES satellite and ground antenna systems provide a continuous stream of environmental data, allowing weather forecasters and others to efficiently track global weather patterns and other meteorological events that can directly affect public safety.
The new 16-meter antennas will be installed at the NOAA Wallops Command and Data Acquisition Station in Wallops, Va., with a remote backup site in Fairmont, W.Va. The antennas that will be upgraded as part of this contract are located at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility in Suitland, Md. In addition to supporting the new GOES-R program, SATCOM Technologies’ antennas will also be compatible with existing GOES-N through GOES-P series of satellites.
“We’re proud that Harris has selected us as their team mate to be the antenna system provider on this significant program. It’s an important win for C4 Systems because it’s a multiyear contract that continues a close relationship with Harris and the end customer, NOAA/NASA,” said Dave Porter, director of business development for SATCOM Technologies - Richardson, Texas.
The antenna deliveries will be aligned with the first GOES-R satellite launch, scheduled for 2015.