Maxar Technologies announced on Friday that the company has started production on a Legion class satellite for Ovzon, a company dedicated to meeting the demand for increased mobile broadband connectivity in underserved regions.
Ovzon selected Maxar to build its first satellite, Ovzon 3, back in December 2018. The satellite will provide extremely versatile mobile broadband communications for small vehicles, aircraft and users on-the-move. Maxar will build the satellite in its Palo Alto, California manufacturing facility. The satellite will be based on the midsize Legion-class platform, and is expected to be launched by SpaceX in 2021.
“Maxar’s Legion-class platform offers the benefits of the company’s proven technology and performance from the 1300-class satellite bus with a lower cost and smaller form factor,” said Megan Fitzgerald, Maxar’s SVP and General Manager, Space Solutions. “We’re delighted to collaborate closely with Ovzon on the development of the first satellite in their architecture, which will deliver better communications from space for a better world here on Earth.”
About Maxar Technologies
As a global leader of advanced space technology solutions, Maxar is at the nexus of the new space economy, developing and sustaining the infrastructure and delivering the information, services, and systems that unlock the promise of space for commercial and government markets. The operations of DigitalGlobe, SSL and Radiant Solutions were unified under the Maxar brand in February; MDA continues to operate as an independent business unit within the Maxar organization.
As a trusted partner with 5,900 employees in over 30 global locations, Maxar provides vertically integrated capabilities and expertise including satellites, Earth imagery, robotics, geospatial data and analytics to help customers anticipate and address their most complex mission-critical challenges with confidence. Every day, billions of people rely on Maxar to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that Build a Better World.