Air Force extends satellite support pact

Harris to continue operations and maintenance work

Harris Corp. will continue its operations and maintenance support to the Air Force after winning a $64 million third option year for the Network and Space Operations and Maintenance program.

This latest one-year option brings the overall value of the program for Harris to $218 million, according to a company announcement released today.

Under this option, Harris will continue to provide support services to the 50th Space Wing’s Air Force Satellite Control Network at locations around the world.

The AFSCN, based at Schriever Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, Colo., is responsible for the launch, operation, control and maintenance of space programs managed by the Defense Department and other national security space organizations.

Specifically, the Satellite Control Network oversees satellite control centers, worldwide tracking stations, and test facilities that maintain frequent communications with a variety of satellite constellations to ensure smooth operations while in orbit and enable readiness simulation, launch, and early orbit support, the announcement states.

The Harris-led team on the Network and Space Operations and Maintenance program is comprised of Lockheed Martin Information Technology, Faith Enterprises Inc., ASRC Aerospace, Arctic Slope World Services, Avaya Government Solutions and Günther Douglas.

The initial contract was awarded in January 2008 and contained a six-month base and six one-year options for a total potential value of $416 million.

Harris Corp. is based in Melbourne, Fla.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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