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NOAA Awards Geostationary Ground System Sustainment Services Contract

May 11, 2023

Today, NOAA awarded the Geostationary Ground Sustainment Services (GGSS) contract to L3Harris Technologies Inc. of Palm Bay, Florida.

The five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract will provide sustainment services to extend the functions of the ground system that supports NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites – R Series (GOES-R). The GOES-R ground system receives data from GOES-R Series spacecraft and generates real-time data products that support NOAA’s National Weather Service and the nation’s weather enterprise. This is accomplished through a core set of functional elements, which include space/ground communications, raw data processing and product distribution, monitoring satellite health and safety, and commanding the spacecraft and instruments

An artist's rendering of the GOES-R satellite in space
An artist's rendering of the GOES-R satellite

This contract provides for an indefinite quantity of supplies and services during the contract ordering period from May 11, 2023, through May 10, 2028. Individual supplies and service requirements will be defined at the task order level. The maximum value of this IDIQ contract is $275,169,157. 

The work will be performed at NOAA facilities located in Suitland, Maryland; College Park, Maryland; Wallops Island, Virginia; and Fairmont, West Virginia; and at the L3Harris facility in Melbourne, Florida.

The GGSS contract will improve the ground system’s capabilities, reliability, and robustness; leverage technology advancements; and reduce life-cycle costs. This contract is a follow-on to the GOES-R core ground system contract, awarded in 2009, and the GOES-R antenna system contract, awarded in 2010.

GOES-R Series satellites provide critical data for weather forecasts and warnings, detecting and monitoring environmental hazards like wildfires, smoke, fog, volcanic ash, and dust, and monitoring solar activity and space weather.

The GOES-R Series program is a collaborative effort between NOAA and NASA. NASA builds and launches the satellites for NOAA, which operates them and distributes their data to users worldwide. This mission is managed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.


John Leslie 
NOAA’s Office of Communications for NESDIS