L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX) has awarded Innoflight multiple contracts for the delivery of key avionics for four satellites produced by L3Harris Technologies under the SDA Tracking Layer Tranche 0, consisting of eight space vehicles total. This program will be the first generation of SDA’s Tracking Layer, an important step towards the development of a National Defense Space Architecture. The Tracking Layer satellites will provide global indications, warning, tracking, and targeting of advanced missile threats, including hypersonic missile systems. This capability encompasses space-based sensing, as well as algorithms, novel processing schemes, data fusion across sensors and orbital regimes, and tactical data products able to be delivered to the appropriate user.
“Innoflight’s high performance and low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) CFC-400X hardware platform was a perfect fit for L3Harris’ system architecture for SDA Tracking Layer,” said Anthony Wade, L3Harris Technologies’ SDA Tracking Layer Program Manager. “The versatility and flexibility of Innoflight’s CFC-400X allowed L3Harris to utilize the CFC-400X for three different functions in our space vehicle design with the same hardware configuration.”
Under its contracts with L3Harris Technologies, Innoflight will be delivering a total of 24 CFC- 400X. Each space vehicle will be equipped with 3 CFC-400X covering the black side processing, red side processing and Battle Management, Command, Control, and Communications (BMC3) processing functions. The CFC-400X uses qualified parts and on-board mitigation methods to provide a reliable space-processing platform for small spacecraft in all orbits. It is equipped with a variety of Input Output (IO) interfaces, including Ethernet and SpaceWire interfaces.
“Innoflight is pleased to welcome L3Harris as a new customer,” said Vincent Gagnon, Innoflight Vice President, Business Development & Contracts. “Innoflight’s collaboration with three out of the four SDA Transport and Tracking Layers Tranche 0 prime contractors is a confirmation that our technology, across our three product lines, is well aligned with the SDA National Defense Space Architecture objectives for Tranche 0 and beyond.”