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Harris Corporation awarded NASA telescope contract

Harris Corporation awarded NASA telescope contract

December 05, 2018 11:45 AM

A local Rochester company is taking their work to outer space.

Harris Corporation has been awarded a $195.9 million contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's to build their next flagship space telescope, the Wide Field Infared Survey Telescope.

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Sen. Charles Schumer says that this contract will allow for the telescope to continue to be built as well as helping maintain 160 jobs in the Rochester community.

“You don’t need a high-powered, infrared space telescope to see that this massive $195 million dollar investment means great jobs for Harris Corp. and Rochester,” Schumer said. “With this critical contract secured, we are one step closer to propelling the revolutionary WFIRST Telescope to liftoff – something that will open up unknown corners of the universe to NASA and all humanity. I am proud I helped secure investments like this that bolster Rochester’s world-class workforce and will keep pushing until the groundbreaking WFIRST Telescope is fully-funded and operational.”

The WFIRST is expected to have the same image precision as the Hubble Space Telescope, but will be able to see an area of space 100 times larger. 

In October, Harris announced a merger with fellow defense technology company L3 Technologies.

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