Harris Corporation to Design System to Monitor Cellular Interference of Critical Weather Satellite Data

April 30, 2018


  • Chosen to explore technical solutions for weather satellite data interference
  • Positions Harris for follow-on program selection
  • Leverages Harris’ experience in weather satellite instruments and ground processing systems

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has selected Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) to design a system to monitor cellular signals interfering with critical weather satellite data.

Several weather satellites soon will begin sharing frequency bands with wireless communication companies across the United States. The sale of spectrum by the government, combined with the launch of more complex weather satellites, increases the potential for signal overlap and interference. This could cause problems for NOAA and other federal agencies relying on the quality of satellite weather data.

Harris is developing a Radio Frequency Interference Monitoring System to track, aggregate, and notify NOAA and wireless carriers of interference incidents.

“Cell phone signals can potentially disrupt critical weather information before it reaches satellite ground processing centers,” said Eric Webster, vice president, business development, Harris Space and Intelligence Systems. “Since weather satellite data is critical to severe weather forecasts, any interference could impact public safety and have devastating consequences.”

Harris built the satellite ground system which flies NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES) weather satellite series, operates the instruments and processes the weather satellite data. In addition, Harris built the main weather satellite instrument for the GOES-R program, which provides the imagery and information used by the forecasters for severe weather.

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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