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Maxar Technologies' SSL subsidiary plans to leverage its work with NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to build up its in-orbit satellite servicing business, SpaceNews reported Monday. SSL works with DARPA to build a vehicle designed to repair, inspect, refuel and install payloads into satellites operating in geostationary orbit through the Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites […] More
Adam Marks, recently appointed chief strategy officer at Maxar Technologies' SSL subsidiary, told Via Satellite in an interview published Monday he believes in-orbit satellite servicing could transform the nature of the space infrastructure. “In the near-term, servicing provides satellite operators with the flexibility to delay capex decisions and get more life out of existing spacecraft,“ he said. […] More
Maxar Technologies' SSL subsidiary has secured a contract from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to design and develop a critical system for a spacecraft designed to explore Jupiter's Europa moon through investigative flybys. SSL said Tuesday it will build a critical interface ““ Remote Engineering Unit – for the Europa Clipper spacecraft that is slated for launch in […] More
ExecutiveBiz talked with Tim Gillespie, vice president of business development for national programs, about SSL's recent space initiatives, current technological capabilities and relationship supporting the U.S. Air Force. “Our focus is to ensure that the U.S. government maintains superiority in space, which is becoming an increasingly contested environment. SSL is at the forefront of disruptive […] More
Maxar Technologies‘ SSL subsidiary has selected Northrop Grumman to provide a navigation system for integration into a satellite constellation. Northrop said Thursday it will supply the Scalable Space Inertial Reference Unit designed to support a space vehicle’s attitude control and sensor pointing/stabilization functions through the contract with SSL. Scalable SIRU is built for commercial, government and civilian space […] More
Maxar Technologies' SSL subsidiary will work with the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to conduct a study on new space architectures and related systems in support of the service branch's Space Enterprise Vision. SEV seeks to ensure resiliency in space defense capabilities through the development of new enterprise-level technology platforms designed to […] More
A communications satellite made by Maxar Technologies‘ SSL subsidiary for  Hispasat has been delivered to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, where it will lift off aboard a SpaceX-built Falcon 9 rocket. SSL said Tuesday the Hispasat 30W-6 satellite will provide communications services for television, broadband, corporate networks and other telecommunications applications in Europe, North Africa and […] More
When working with U.S. government agencies on defining next-generation space technologies, industry leaders across the board are all hands on-deck. SSL Government Systems, for instance, is helping the U.S. Air Force test the security of hosting payloads on commercial satellites; researching power and propulsion for NASA's Deep Space gateway; developing concepts for advanced military satellite […] More
Richard White, president of SSL‘s government systems business, predicts that satellite production efforts in the near future could take place in space, he told The Washington Post in an interview published Friday. White added he believes that all activities on Earth will eventually be performed on-orbit. SSL, a subsidiary of Maxar Technologies, is working with the Defense […] More
A spacecraft built by Maxar Technologies' SSL business for NASA's in-orbit satellite servicing mission has concluded the agency's mission preliminary design review. The completion of the mission PDR would advance the spacecraft to the Key Decision Point C phase to pave the way for the launch of the Restore-L mission in 2020, SSL said Wednesday. KDP-C is set […] More
Maxar Technologies‘ SSL subsidiary will collaborate with a team at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Michigan to carry out a space mission to study the sun. SSL said Monday the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment aims to launch a small satellite constellation designed to explore how solar energetic particles are accelerated and emitted into interplanetary […] More
Maxar Technologies' SSL business has received a contract from NASA to perform a four-month study on a module designed to provide propulsion and control for the agency's deep space gateway project. SSL said Wednesday it will conduct research and design the power propulsion element as the first module for the deep space gateway concept that seeks to […] More
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