Space force

L3Harris will modernize the US Space Force’s object tracking infrastructure

US technology company L3Harris has won a $117 million contract to continue upgrading US Space Force infrastructure to improve tracking of objects in space.

The agreement is part of the ten-year Maintenance of Space Situational Awareness Integrated Capabilities (MOSSAIC) program, which has an overall value estimated at $1.2 billion.

According to the president of L3Harris Space and Airborne Systems Ed Zoissupgrading object tracking infrastructure would help the US Space Force better understand the behavior of objects in space, which is “critical” for combat operations.

The modernization would also allow the service to better understand the various threats to space satellites.

“L3Harris’ space superiority capabilities and differentiated technology provide the foundation for controlling the space domain, protecting assets and preserving strategic advantages,” the company said. mentioned in a press release.

In 2020, L3Harris was awarded the initial MOSSAIC contract to upgrade radars, optical sensors, and command and control systems that provide “timely and accurate” space domain awareness data.

Additional investments in space

This multi-million dollar investment in object tracking infrastructure is part of the US Space Force’s plan to enhance its surveillance capabilities.

In February, the service awarded by Northrop Grumman a contract of 341 million dollars to develop an advanced deep-space radar capability for the Space Domain Awareness mission.

As part of the agreement, the company will develop, test and field powerful all-weather ground-based radar to monitor the “highly dynamic and rapidly changing” orbital environment.

The US Space Force is also considering a new space domain recognition system for acquisition as it prepares to decommission its existing system by the end of 2022.