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Maxar secures order for SiriusXM’s SXM-10

At the start of August, Maxar Technologies received an order from pay-radio broadcaster SiriusXM for a new satellite, SXM-9. Now Maxar has confirmed another satellite order for SiriusXM, its SXM-10 craft. “Maxar has been manufacturing communications satellites for SiriusXM for decades, and we’re proud to continue this relationship for both SXM-9 and SXM-10,” said Chris […]

August 25, 2021By Chris Forrester

SiriusXM orders SXM-9 satellite

SiriusXM has ordered a new satellite, SXM-9, from Maxar Technologies. The SXM-9 satellite will be based on Maxar’s 1300-class platform and built at the company’s manufacturing facility in Palo Alto, California. It is expected that SXM-9 will launch in 2024. Maxar has been building satellites for SiriusXM since 2000, which includes the first-generation Sirius satellites […]

August 5, 2021By Chris Forrester

Success for Eutelsat’s Quantum launch

Eutelsat’s Quantum, which claims to be ehe world’s most sophisticated commercial satellite, was successfully launched into orbit on July 30th aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. The new features allow the satellite to be reconfigured from the ground and thus respond to changes in market demand over the lifetime of the craft. Quantum’s design life is […]

August 2, 2021By Chris Forrester

SiriusXM’s SXM-8 ready for work

North American pay-radio operator SiriusXM’s latest satellite, SXM-8, has been handed over to the broadcaster by its builder Maxar Technologies. The satellite is already in orbit and has now completed its in-orbit test programme. It launched on June 6th from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Maxar sais in a statement: “SXM-8 is the ninth high-powered, digital, audio […]

August 2, 2021By Chris Forrester

SiriusXM planning next-gen SXM-10 craft

Pay-radio operator SiriusXM is already planning and developing its next-generation SXM-10 satellite. The US broadcaster has received $140 million insurance compensation for the failure of SXM-7 and is owed a further $85 million in insurance. The ‘twin’ satellite to SXM-7, SXM-8, is performing well in orbit and without any apparent complications. SiriusXM has another satellite […]

July 30, 2021By Chris Forrester

Success for SiriusXM and SpaceX

SpaceX launched a satellite into its transfer orbit on June 6th for US pay-radio broadcaster SiriusXM. The launch, SpaceX’s 18th so far this year, placed the 7500 lbs SiriusXM SXM-8 satellite into a transfer orbit with a lift-off just after midnight at 12.26am EDT (4.26 UTC) from Cape Canaveral. The success follows on from an […]

June 7, 2021By Chris Forrester

SXM-7 confirmed as a total loss

The technicians at Maxar Technologies might never know precisely what happened to SXM-7; the pay-radio operator’s satellite that was launched on December 13th and was working perfectly, yet failed a few weeks later on January 16th. Maxar, in releasing its Q4 and full year numbers, admitted that it would be absorbing some direct costs associated […]

March 1, 2021By Chris Forrester

SiriusXM loses latest satellite

Pay-radio’s SiriusXM’s brand-new satellite, launched only a few weeks ago, has suffered an in-orbit malfunction and while the full extent of the damage is uncertain the craft is likely to be declared a total loss. SXM-7 was launched on December 13th by SpaceX. In a formal statement to the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) the […]

January 28, 2021By Chris Forrester

Bad weather hits Ariane triple launch

Arianespace has delayed its planned launch of 3 satellites on a single Ariane-5 rocket on August 14th, blaming bad weather. Arianespace says it is hoping that the weather conditions will have eased by August 15th. Timings are: Between 5:33 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. Washington, D.C. time, Between 6:33 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. Kourou, French Guiana […]

August 14, 2020

Maxar booms, but cautious on supplying Telesat

Dan Jablonsky, president/CEO of Maxar Technologies, buoyed by a healthy share price and extremely strong Q2 results, told analysts that one of his priorities was to “expand margins”. Jablonsky said that while he did not rule out supplying Ottawa-based Telesat with its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, Maxar did not want the market to think […]

August 10, 2020