Harris Corporation to Provide Real-Time Weather Observation Support for Cape Canaveral Launch Activities

November 27, 2017


  • Receives subcontract from KIHOMAC, a veteran-owned small business
  • Provides a WxConnect™ Direct Receive System to the U.S. Air Force 45th Weather Squadron
  • Supports Air Force Weather Information Network Display System program

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has been selected by Ki Ho Military Acquisition Consulting Inc. (KIHOMAC) to provide a system to deliver real-time satellite data from NOAA’s newest Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-16) that will support critical launch decisions at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

“Weather conditions have an enormous impact on go/no-go launch decisions from Cape Canaveral,” said Eric Webster, vice president and general manager, Harris Environmental Solutions. “We are proud to work with the Air Force to provide information on lightning, high winds and other severe weather, which can damage space vehicles and their payloads, and put launch personnel at risk. The Harris mini-ground systems provide customers with additional insight and capability as they create their own forecasts.”

Harris’ WxConnect Direct Receive system will allow Air Force personnel to receive more detailed weather data, in real time, directly from GOES-16. The satellite information will be rebroadcast from the GOES system, which transmits data from the main payload, the Harris-built Advanced Baseline Imager and all other instruments aboard the spacecraft. This puts the enhanced weather imagery in the hands of those who depend upon it to make real-time decisions necessary for launch.

Harris also built the satellite ground system for NOAA, which flies the satellites, operates the instruments and processes the massive amount of environmental information. In addition, Harris developed specific mini-ground systems for government agencies and commercial companies to have direct access to the data from the satellite.

About Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports government and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: Communication Systems, Electronic Systems and Space and Intelligence Systems. Learn more at harris.com.

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