The Aviation Week Network Program Excellence awards honor aerospace and defense industry programs that create organizational success through quality processes, people development, tools and leadership. This is the first year L3Harris has competed for the award and is being recognized for the optical telescope program in the Supplier System Design and Development category. NASA designed the Roman Space Telescope to answer questions in areas of dark energy, exoplanets, and infrared astrophysics.
“Quality program management is derived from a culture that strives for excellence,” said Christopher E. Kubasik, Vice Chair and Chief Executive Officer, L3Harris. “This award recognizes the innovation our teams embrace, and that our trusted disruptor approach delivers for our customers.”
L3Harris is responsible for key elements of the Roman Space Telescope, including the primary mirror and hardware for the Wide Field Instrument to accomplish the mission’s core science goals.
The L3Harris team earned the award for their work on the telescope by consistently delivering exceptional performance to NASA. L3Harris excelled during multiple challenges by implementing key execution strategies involving change management and risk management, while embracing and employing predictive metrics.
The Roman Space Telescope is a next-generation observatory scheduled to launch no later than May 2027. Equipped with a 2.4-meter primary mirror, it has a field view that is 200 times greater than the Hubble Space Telescope’s infrared instrument, capturing more of the sky with less observing time. For example, trying to find an exoplanet around a star is similar to finding a firefly near a spotlight in Los Angeles, while searching from Washington D.C.
Aviation Week Network created the Program Excellence Awards in 2004 to honor exceptional leadership and identify lessons learned and best practices that would be shared across the industry. Nominations are evaluated by teams of program management leaders from the Defense Department, academia and industry.
About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries. L3Harris.com.
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