Under the new contract, the company will support the planned upgrades of the telescopes at the three existing GEODDS sites and the opening of two more sites that SMC is eyeing in Spain and Australia
FREMONT, CA: The U.S. Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded L3Harris a ten year $1.2 billion contracts to maintain and modernize the military's network of space surveillance sensors.
The award is for a new program called Maintenance of Space Situational Awareness Integrated Capabilities, MOSSAIC in short. The program replaces a previous contract that Harris (before it merged with L3) had held since 2002 to maintain the Air Force's network of telescopes known as the Ground-based Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance System that tracks objects in geostationary orbits. The U.S. Space Force has three GEODSS sites under its control, one on the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, the second at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, and the third in Maui, Hawaii.
L3Harris has technical experts and personnel deployed at the National Space Defense Center at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, and at the Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and that staff will be assigned to MOSSAIC.
A year ago, the Space and Missiles Systems Center requested competitive bid for MOSSAIC and L3Harris' was one out of two offers received. The previous contract held by Harris was more narrowly focused on the operations and maintenance of GEODSS sites. MOSSAIC broadens the scope of the work to include space situational awareness deriving from the government to commercial sensors in support of the U.S. military's space surveillance and command centers in Colorado, California, and Virginia.
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