Northrop Grumman taps Harris to build satellite controller

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., 4 April 2005. Harris Corp. announced today that it has signed a contract to support Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) in the development of OS/COMET applications for the STPSat-1, NEXTSat and ASTRO satellite missions.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., 4 April 2005. Harris Corp. announced today that it has signed a contract to support Northrop Grumman Mission Systems (NGMS) in the development of OS/COMET applications for the STPSat-1, NEXTSat and ASTRO satellite missions.

NGMS will provide mission operation services for the three satellites using the OS/COMET product as part of its Space Test Engineering Contract (STEC) with the U.S. Air Force's RDT&E Support Center (RSC) at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

OS/COMET is an advanced software toolset used for satellite command and control. The announcement was made during the 21st National Space Symposium, held April 4-7 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"Harris and Northrop Grumman are working collaboratively to meet the aggressive schedules required for each satellite mission," said Scott Criley, OS/COMET business development manager, Harris Technical Services Corporation (HTSC). "OS/COMET will provide a total command and control solution capable of flying the world's most advanced satellite technology for the Air Force."

OS/COMET features commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) capabilities with superior levels of flexibility, allowing the user to automate a ground system solution to any desired level throughout the life of the program. The engineering services provided by HTSC will enable NGMS to develop standard OS/COMET applications required for each of the three satellites. The work will be completed over the next 12 months.

HTSC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Harris Corp., serving the information technology services marketplace. HTSC provides world-class, cost- effective operation, maintenance, engineering, and technical support services to the U.S. government, prime contractors, and other Harris divisions.

Harris Corp. is an international communications technology company focused on providing assured communications products, systems and services for government and commercial customers. The company's four operating divisions serve markets for government communications, tactical radio, broadcast, and microwave systems. Harris provides systems and service to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, see www.harris.com.

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