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Advent acquires Maxar Technologies

Satellite builder Maxar Technologies is being acquired by Advent International. Advent is paying $53 (€49.90) per share in cash and a total of $6.4 billion for the business. Upon closing the business will then be taken private. Private equity investor Advent is paying a 129 per cent premium over Maxar’s closing price on December 15th. […]

December 21, 2022By Chris Forrester

SiriusXM orders satellites from Maxar

North American pay-radio operator SiriusXM has ordered two powerful geostationary satellites to be built by Maxar Technologies. The new craft (SXM-11 and SXM-12) now join two other satellites (SXM-9 and 10) already under construction by Maxar. SXM-9 and 10 were ordered in 2021. SXM-11 and 12 will launch around 2026-27. The new craft will have […]

November 30, 2022By Chris Forrester

EchoStar, Maxar amend Hughes JUPITER 3 agreement

EchoStar has announced an amended agreement with Maxar Technologies for production of the EchoStar XXIV satellite, also known as JUPITER 3. The satellite, designed for EchoStar’s Hughes Network Systems division, is under production at Maxar’s facility in Palo Alto, CA. The amended agreement compensates EchoStar for past production delays by providing relief on future payments and […]

November 23, 2022

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