L3Harris shares details on hiring, satellite facility expansion in Florida (by Alex Soderstrom)

A Space Coast defense firm and tech giant has added to its local facilities as it takes on “experimental” satellite programs.

L3Harris Technologies Inc. is building out additional square footage at its existing Palm Bay satellite production facility to accommodate new satellite programs, L3Harris Space and Airborne Systems spokeswoman Kristin Jones told Orlando Business Journal. This will enable Central Florida’s biggest local technology company to supply satellites for a series of defense programs, including a U.S. Air Force program to build a new global navigation system.

This means L3Harris needs more space. The company’s expansion of its satellite production buildings is ongoing, and it will add 5,500 square feet to the 100,000-square-foot operations by the end of the year, Jones said.

Meanwhile, L3Harris is expanding its workforce in a big way. The Melbourne-based company seeks 261 new workers in Palm Bay. The company cannot specify how many of those job openings are because of the expanded satellite production capabilities, Jones added.