Harris Corporation Successfully Completes XM Radio Satellite Antenna Design Review
MELBOURNE, Florida, October 2, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), the world leader in spaceborne unfurlable mesh reflectors, today announced that it has successfully completed the design review for two 9-meter reflectors that will be used onboard the XM Satellite Radio satellite that is being manufactured by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). Featuring a gold mesh reflective surface, each Harris antenna reflector stows much like an umbrella for launch into space. When the satellite achieves operational orbit, ground controllers send a command signal to the satellite to unfurl the reflectors. The reflectors will be manufactured at Harris facilities in Palm Bay, Florida.
“We continue to achieve solid successes in the development, manufacture, and on-orbit operation of our unfurlable mesh reflectors,” said Russ Haney, president of the National Programs business unit of Harris Government Communications Systems Division. “This milestone is a very important achievement for the Harris team as we continue to leverage our number one position in unfurlable mesh reflectors for government applications into the commercial satellite market. We are pleased to be supporting XM Satellite Radio’s XM-5 satellite and look forward to continued success throughout this program.”
XM-5 is a high-power, digital audio radio service (DARS) satellite that will serve as a spare in the XM Satellite Radio fleet, ensuring that XM subscribers across North America will receive continuous high-quality digital music, entertainment and data services. XM-5 will carry a state-of-the-art DARS payload featuring two 9-meter reflectors with complement articulating booms provided by Harris.
Space Systems/Loral, a subsidiary of Loral Space & Communications (NASDAQ: LORL), is a premier designer, manufacturer, and integrator of powerful satellites and satellite systems. SS/L also provides a range of related services that include mission control operations and procurement of launch services. Based in Palo Alto, California, the company has an international base of commercial and governmental customers whose applications include broadband digital communications, direct-to-home broadcast, defense communications, environmental monitoring, and air traffic control. SS/L satellites have amassed more than 1,300 years of reliable on-orbit service. SS/L is ISO 9001:2000 certified. For more information, visit www.ssloral.com.
Harris Government Communications Systems Division conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces and supports state-of-the-art, assured communications™ solutions and information systems that solve the mission-critical challenges of its military and government customers, while serving as the technology base for the company’s diverse commercial businesses. Harris Corporation is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of $3.5 billion and nearly 14,000 employees, including more than 6,000 engineers and scientists. The company’s four operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. For more information, visit www.harris.com.
“XM Radio” is a trademark of XM Satellite Radio, Inc.
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