L3Harris Technologies’ prototype missile tracking satellite development for the Space Development Agency reaches key milestone
The finished Preliminary design review (RDP) sets the design basis for the spacecraft for delivery to SDA and enables the program to take the next step of delivering revolutionary new capabilities at high speed. When completed, the satellites will provide the ability to detect and track ballistic and hypersonic missiles via LEO’s aerial persistent infrared detection.
L3Harris received the Tracking Layer Prototype Award in 2020 to develop and integrate an end-to-end satellite system under a firm fixed price contract of $ 193 million. The total performance period extends to 2025 and covers four space vehicle launches.
L3Harris prioritizes investments in end-to-end satellite solutions in spacecraft, payloads, ground software and advanced algorithms. L3Harris is also developing a prototype for the hypersonic and ballistic tracking space sensor of the Missile Defense Agency.
“We have worked closely with SDA to ensure our design uses proven technology that can evolve to meet the evolving mission,” noted Ed Zoiss, president of L3Harris Space and Airborne Systems. “We understand the threat and are focused on delivery. “