Kelle Wendling, the president of L3Harris Technologies’ space systems sector, has revealed that the company is engaged in discussions with satellite bus suppliers as it competes for new government contracts. Based in Melbourne, Florida, L3Harris Technologies is an aerospace and defense contractor.
The focus of these discussions is primarily on what can be achieved in terms of on-orbit capabilities and replenishment, in addition to lead time considerations. Wendling emphasized that cost and schedule are important factors in these conversations.
L3Harris is currently exploring potential opportunities with several bus providers, including Airbus, Terran Orbital, and Ball Aerospace. The company is interested in partnering with vendors that are investing in platform improvements, which can have positive implications for government satellites, including those of the Space Development Agency.
In July, L3Harris launched Aerojet Rocketdyne as its fourth business segment, following its acquisition of the rocket and missile engine manufacturer for approximately $4.7 billion in cash. Wendling revealed that L3Harris is exploring ways to integrate Aerojet-made propulsion systems into the U.S. military satellites that the company develops.
She expressed interest in starting with propulsion systems and then considering opportunities to collaborate on guidance, navigation, and control. These collaborations will support both offensive and defensive missions.
By seeking partnerships with satellite bus suppliers and exploring the integration of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s propulsion systems, L3Harris Technologies aims to strengthen its position in securing government contracts in the aerospace and defense sector.