Harris Corporation Awarded Satellite Antenna Contract by Boeing for Inmarsat-5 Satellites

Mar 03, 2011, 08:00 ET from Harris Corporation

MELBOURNE, Fla. and WASHINGTON, March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --


  • Harris antennas provide satellites with flexibility to adapt to ever-changing usage patterns
  • Award further positions Harris as leading antenna provider in fast-growing Ka-band satellite market
  • Antenna design reflects Harris' 30+ years experience in space-borne antenna development

Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has been awarded a contract from Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems to build Ka-band antennas for three Inmarsat-5 satellites.  The new satellite constellation will be the backbone for a worldwide, wireless broadband network called Inmarsat Global Xpress™.

The Harris antennas will direct 95 Ka-band beams on the earth, enabling the constellation of three Inmarsat-5 satellites to provide high-capacity coverage of the entire globe, and to adapt to the ever-changing usage patterns over the projected 15-year operation of the satellites.

The Inmarsat-5 antennas are part of the company's flight-proven Gimbal Dish Antenna (GDA) systems, which enable beams to be steered to accommodate changing/increasing user demands.  Harris maintains 100-percent mission success with its GDAs by achieving performance levels that continually exceed user expectations.

Harris has more than 30 years of experience designing, building and flying space borne antennas for government and commercial applications.  Products range from unfurlable mesh reflectors to gimbaled dish antennas to phased array antennas.  

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries.  Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees -- including nearly 7,000 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 www.harris.com.

Global Xpress is a trademark of Inmarsat, a global satellite company.

SOURCE Harris Corporation