Harris Corporation Completes Final Testing of NOAA’s GOES-R Series Ground Segment Infrastructure


  • Ground system completion helps NOAA prepare for March 2016 satellite launch
  • Milestone marks readiness to support satellite launch and transition from Harris to NOAA
  • GOES-R Series ground segment will provide weather data significantly faster than the current GOES system

MELBOURNE, Fla. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 4, 2015 — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) has successfully completed the final two tests of the ground segment of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite — R Series (GOES-R). The ground system is now ready for use by NOAA as it prepares for the GOES-R satellite launch in March 2016, with Harris providing training and operations support.

Through testing and verification, Harris demonstrated the ability of the GOES-R Series ground system to generate weather products at all operational sites. Harris also performed successful interface testing with the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System, including the ability to send continuous images processed by the ground system.

Once launched, the GOES-R satellite, the first of the series, will be a primary tool for detecting and tracking hurricanes and other severe weather in the Western Hemisphere, reducing risks to lives and property. The ground system is an enterprise-wide network backbone which will ingest, process and distribute 40 times more data to the NWS than current systems and to more than 10,000 other direct users. It will also provide command and control of the GOES-R constellation of satellites and their onboard instruments.

“GOES-R will enable major improvements in weather forecasting that will add tremendous capability for a weather-ready nation,” said Romy Olaisen, vice president, Global Weather Solution Programs, Harris Government Communications Systems. “With the ground system installed and tested well in advance of launch, NOAA has time to prepare for this transformational change in weather intelligence. Our role now transitions to operational support and system enhancements, through launch and beyond.”

Harris is the prime contractor and systems integrator for the GOES-R Series ground segment, which includes 2,100 servers, 149 racks of network equipment, 317 workstations and storage services totaling three petabytes. The system also contains 454 blade servers for product processing and distribution across all environments, delivering approximately 40 trillion floating point operations per second of processing power. In addition, the GOES-R ground segment architecture has a flexible design that will support additional requirements in the future.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and about 13,000 employees — including 6,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at harris.com.


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