Tag Archives: Maxar Technologies

SSL to Design Methane Emission Detection Satellite; Richard White Quoted

Maxar TechnologiesSSL subsidiary has received a contract from Environmental Defense Fund to design and define requirements for a small satellite designed to detect and monitor methane emissions from oil and gas facilities worldwide. MethaneSAT is a small form-factor satellite that will work to provide high-resolution images to help detect and measure low- and high-emission sources in regions that constitute more than 80 percent of global production of oil and gas per week, Maxar said Thursday

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Ray Williams: Radiant Solutions Uses AI, Other Emerging Tech to Help Clients Gain Insights From Data

Ray Williams, vice president and general manager of agile intelligence business at Maxar Technologies’ Radiant Solutions subsidiary, has discussed how his business works to help clients quickly generate insights from data sources in support of national security, environmental and humanitarian efforts. Williams explained in a blog post published Thursday how …

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SSL Demos Solar Electric Spacecraft Propulsion Tech; Dario Zamarian Quoted

SSL demonstrated its solar electric propulsion system on two communications satellites that were launched into geostationary orbit this year. The Maxar Technologies subsidiary said Wednesday SPT-140 is an updated version of the SPT-100 electric thruster that has supported 34 missions and logged more than 100K firing hours. SPT-140 is designed to use the Power Processing Unit 140 and …

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Maxar Subsidiary’s Laser Tech Scans Bennu for Asteroid Sample Return Mission

A laser altimeter instrument Maxar Technologies‘ MDA subsidiary built for a NASA space probe has began to scan and collect data of the asteroid Bennu. MDA provided the light detection and ranging sensor technology that currently supports the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer under a contract with the Canadian space agency, Maxar said Monday. …

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SSL-Built Robotic Arm Begins to Operate on InSight Mars Lander; Richard White Quoted

Maxar Technologies‘ SSL business has built the robotic arm that currently aids NASA’s InSight probe in a mission to study Mars’ deep interior. The Instrument Deployment Arm is designed to place lander instruments, including a seismometer, onto the Martian surface, SSL said Monday. Richard White, president of SSL’s government systems business, said the company is …

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DARPA Taps Telesat for Satcom Tech Evaluation Contract; Don Brown Quoted

Telesat has received a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to assess the capability of commercial satellite constellations in low-Earth orbit to support the Pentagon’s future broadband connectivity requirements and other space-based communication needs. The company said Tuesday it will collaborate with Leidos on the contract awarded through …

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Dan Jablonsky: DigitalGlobe-NRO Imagery Contract Extension Reflects Gov’t Customer Continuity

Dan Jablonsky, president of DigitalGlobe, has said the National Reconnaissance Office‘s move to extend a satellite imagery services contract with the company can serve as evidence that the government favors “continuity” amid an influx of entrants into the industry, SpaceNews reported Wednesday. DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies business, received a potential $900M contract extension …

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Radiant Solutions, SSL to Collaborate on DARPA Satellite Telescope Dev’t Program; Tony Frazier, Richard White Quoted

Maxar Technologies’ Radiant Solutions subsidiary has received a potential $2M contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to design and build a new optical telescope platform for constellations of small Earth observation satellites. Radiant Solutions will lead a team and combine its experience in geospatial mission engineering with SSL’s …

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SSL Ships Planet’s Two SkySat Imaging Satellites to Vandenberg Air Force Base; Dario Zamarian Quoted

Maxar Technologies’ SSL subsidiary has delivered to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California two Earth observation satellites the company built for Planet. The SSL-made SkySat 14 and 15 will fly aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket as part of Spaceflight’s maiden Sun Synchronous rideshare mission for Planet’s constellation that works to provide …

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NASA Taps DigitalGlobe to Provide Satellite Imagery for Earth Observation Studies

Maxar Technologies‘ DigitalGlobe business has received a potential five-year, $7M contract from NASA to provide high-resolution commercial electro-optical and synthetic aperture radar satellite imagery for Earth observation studies. Under the blanket purchase agreement, the space agency will leverage DigitalGlobe’s 100-petabyte imagery library and Geospatial Big Data platform and satellite data from …

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SSL’s Rob Zitz: Space Sensor Layer Will Benefit From End-to-End Solution

Rob Zitz, a senior vice president at Maxar Technologies’ SSL subsidiary, told SpaceNews in an interview published Monday that a space layer designed for missile defense will benefit from an end-to-end solution including sensors and satellites. Zitz, chief strategy officer for government systems at SSL, said artificial intelligence and other technology …

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DigitalGlobe, Spire, Planet to Provide Earth Science Data Under NASA Contracts

NASA has awarded blanket purchase agreements to three companies to provide the agency with Earth observation data sets derived from constellations of commercial small satellites. Maxar Technologies’ DigitalGlobe subsidiary, Planet and Spire received the sole-source contracts under the agency’s Private Sector Small Constellation Satellite Data Product Pilot program, NASA said …

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SSL, Radiant Solutions Partner on Space Sensor Layer for MDA; Richard White, Tony Frazier Quoted

Two Maxar Technologies subsidiaries will work together to develop a space-based layer prototype concept designed to help the Missile Defense Agency detect and track missile threats. SSL will leverage and combine its space systems expertise with Radiant Solutions’ experience in ground systems engineering to build the Space Sensor Layer, Maxar …

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