Maxar-Thales Alenia Space Consortium Reaches Significant Milestone for Telesat’s LEO Satellite Constellation

The Maxar and Thales Alenia Space Consortium has advanced its detailed and low-risk designs for Telesat’s LEO system, including system optimization, engineering trade-offs, requirements development and technology prototyping to establish compelling and mature designs for Telesat LEO’s space, ground and user terminal segments, Maxar announced on Monday.

“Together with Maxar, we bring a strong expertise in integrated systems, high throughout payloads, advanced antennas and processors, as well as production heritage for constellations of high technology satellites,” said Martin Van Schaik, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing Thales Alenia Space. “We are confident to enable Telesat LEO to deliver low-risk, breakthrough performance and affordability dedicated to broadband services around the world,” he added.

Telesat selected Thales Alenia Space and Maxar Technologies based on the companies’ proven experience, industrial capability and a strong supplier base for fully integrated communications satellite systems in July 2018. Advancing and developing the designs for Telesat’s LEO system is the result of effective teamwork between Thales Alenia Space and Maxar Technologies.

“Achieving this milestone demonstrates the success of Maxar’s close collaboration with Thales Alenia Space and highlights the progress we’ve made in our innovative and low-risk design for Telesat’s LEO constellation,” said Megan Fitzgerald, Maxar’s SVP and general manager of Space Solutions. “Our solution leverages both Maxar and Thales Alenia Space’s experience in building LEO constellations and also integrates advanced technologies from Maxar’s MDA business.”

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