Harris is putting over five decades of space systems heritage to work to design and integrate agile and high-performance payloads that maximize mission performance. With payloads and electronics for small and lightweight satellites, Harris is also helping make access to satellite intelligence more affordable for businesses, governments and other organizations.

Small satellites, or smallsats, have the potential to increase the resiliency of government and commercial missions and enable affordable persistent coverage. Harris is at the forefront of smallsat technology, building on our space and intelligence systems heritage to develop end-to-end smallsat solutions that deliver real value to our mission partners while reducing costs and concept-to-development timelines. 

Our turnkey services encompass:

  • Mission, bus, and payload design
  • Production, integration, and launch 
  • Satellite command and control and other ground operations
  • Data processing and analytics

DELIVERING REAL MISSION VALUE

Over the past several years, Harris has been working to advance the capabilities of smallsats in order to deliver greater mission value to customers. For example:

  • Our sensor-optimized smallsat, HyperCube™, adapts proven hyperspectral technology into a 6U cubesat form factor, enabling affordable weather, water, and environmental missions.
  • We have developed a high compaction ratio mesh space reflector and feed antenna system for smallsats that achieves high communication data rates typically available only from systems on larger satellites.
  • Harris SpaceView™ imaging systems for smallsats include smaller, lightweight systems that are capable of capturing 1-meter resolution images.
  • We have adapted our proven reprogrammable multimission payload platform for larger space vehicles to smallsat applications, enabling smallsat missions to be reprogrammed while on orbit. 

We can meet launch needs through Harris Spaceport Systems operations at Vandenberg Air Force Base, where we maintain a 100% commercially run satellite processing facility and a space launch complex that offers the most direct access to low Earth orbit in North America.

We command and control smallsat missions from Harris facilities, having drawn upon our experience in developing enterprise and mission ground systems for the GOES-R series of satellites and other sensor systems.

We are bringing Harris’ expertise in sensor data processing and advanced data analysis to our smallsat programs to turn data collected by smallsat constellations into actionable intelligence.

HSAT, OUR PROOF OF CONCEPT

Harris designed, built, and launched HSAT, a 6U-sized cubesat, as an internal research and development initiative, with the goal of publicly demonstrating our capabilities to deliver smallsat missions and reduce risk for our customers planning smallsat missions. HSAT launched in late November 2018, and we have been successfully operating the satellite from Harris facilities soon after the smallsat entered low Earth orbit. Click here to learn more.

Click here to see a video of the launch.