MELBOURNE, FL, May 18, 2009 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has received a three-year, multi-million dollar contract from The Boeing Company to supply spare hardware for the International Space Station's Audio Visual Display System (AVDS). Harris previously produced the Internal Audio System and the Internal Video Distribution Subsystem, both of which are critical elements of the fiber-optic communications network onboard the Space Station.
Under the new provisioning contract, Harris will supply 12 Orbital Replacement Units that will support audio network routing and control functions. The AVDS provides audio communications among individual crewmembers within the station as well as with teammates on Earth, docked spacecraft, and crewmembers engaged in extravehicular activity, such as spacewalks. It also distributes video signals from various cameras to monitors within the Space Station or for transmission to Earth.
"Harris has supported major NASA programs since the 1960s, and the AVDS program is part of our space station heritage," said Frank Van Rensselaer, vice president of NASA Programs at Harris Government Communications Systems. "NASA is a key growth initiative for Harris and we are pleased to have the opportunity to continue our support of NASA as it moves into a new era of space exploration."
Harris conducts advanced research studies and develops network architectures for NASA that provide highly reliable, space and terrestrial communications and support solutions that solve the mission critical challenges of NASA's exploration program.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of $5.4 billion and 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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