Harris Corp. tap­ping into satel­lite mar­ket

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Cha­beli Her­rera

Harris Cor­po­ra­tion’s pivot to the grow­ing small satel­lite mar­ket is pay­ing off.

The Melbourne-based com­pany has suc­cess­fully launched and com­mu­ni­cated with its first small satel­lite — called HSAT for Harris small satel­lite — which is cur­rently in low Earth or­bit af­ter launch­ing from In­dia on Nov. 28.

The small, brief­case-sized cubesat is de­signed to of­fer high-speed satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions for de­fense and com­mer­cial cus­tomers. It’ll be op­er­ated from Harris’ satel­lite op­er­a­tions cen­ter and ground sta­tion in Palm Bay, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Harris, which has a long legacy of work­ing on satel­lite tech­nol­ogy as a prime con­trac­tor, de­vel­oped its own small satel­lite “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,” the com­pany said on its web­site.

Harris told Space News in 2017 that it was in­creas­ingly turn­ing to small­sats “be­cause that’s where the mar­ket is.” It has since beefed up its Space and In­tel­li­gence Sys­tems unit from 50 em­ploy­ees in 2016 to 300 to sup­port smal­lsat and pay­load de­vel­op­ment.

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