Harris Corporation Introduces High-Accuracy Reflector for Improved Satellite Communications

May 7, 2019



  • Reduces stowed volume and antenna mass using unique Ka-band design
  • Supports challenging communication, science and synthetic aperture radar missions
  • Builds on company’s 40-plus-year large unfurlable antenna reflector legacy

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today introduced a next-generation space antenna reflector solution to provide critical communication links between satellites and ground stations.

Perimeter Truss is lighter and more compact than competitive and legacy reflector designs. When stowed, the reflector is 30 percent shorter than current industry architectures and has 50 percent lower mass than legacy designs – creating more flexibility for satellite and mission designers to reallocate mass to other payloads.

Perimeter Truss is offered in sizes ranging from three to 22 meters in diameter. With a composite structure and Harris’ proprietary high-frequency mesh, the new reflector architecture was developed to meet the increased demand for more accurate, more compact, and lighter reflectors.

Harris’ Perimeter Truss reflector was designed to support the most technically challenging communication and science missions and is one of two new designs that make up Harris’ expanded portfolio of reflector architectures. The company introduced its High Compaction Ratio Reflector late last year.

“The introduction of Harris’ Perimeter Truss Reflector continues Harris’ legacy of providing innovative space reflector solutions for our customers,” said Murali Krishnan, vice president and general manager, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Harris Space and Intelligence Systems. “Harris is committed to advancing our reflector solutions with unparalleled on-orbit success and design options.”

The company recently celebrated the production of its 100th unfurlable mesh reflector. Manufacturing space antennas since the 1970s, Harris is the world reflector leader, producing significantly more than any other company. Investing more than $300 million in annual internal research and development, Harris leads the way with advancing its reflector technologies. 

Harris will showcase its antenna reflector solutions in booth 1700 at the Satellite 2019 conference May 6-9 in Washington, D.C. For additional information on Harris’ reflector architectures, visit www.harris.com/Celebrating100Unfurlables

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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