Maxar Technologies and its four businesses have participated at the four-day SmallSat Symposium that kicked off Monday in Mountain View, California, to present their new satellite platforms and discuss how they use new tools to build technology platforms designed to address space challenges.
Dario Zamarian, group president of Maxar’s SSL business, discussed how the business leverages commercial mindset and experience to build small satellite platforms during his keynote speech Wednesday, the company said Thursday.
“When we talk about smallsats, it is more about faster implementation of innovative technologies, lowering costs, and driving resiliency for both commercial and government applications rather than a particular number of kilograms or a particular type of mission,” Zamarian said.
“Innovations that optimize capex, such as on-orbit flexibility, are creating an upward economic spiral across the industry as demand increases for lower cost launch and ground systems to support the changing space segment.”
SSL also presented at the event a model of a WorldView Legion satellite it is developing for Maxar’s DigitalGlobe business unit.
Shay Har-Noy, vice president and general manager of DigitalGlobe’s platform business, discussed how the business unit leverages analytics in remote sensing and Earth observation operations.
Matteo Genna, chief technology officer at SSL, tackled SSL’s collaboration with startups in the panel discussion “Working with Prime Contractors.”