Advanced Television


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

Arianespace triple launch delayed

Arianespace was due to launch three satellites today, July 28th. The launch has been postponed. Arianespace, in a statement, said that it was conducting additional technical checks within the fairing of its Ariane 5 rocket.  They stress that the 3 satellite payloads are in stable and safe conditions. Sources suggest that the first practical date […]

July 28, 2020By Chris Forrester

Arianespace ready to launch 3 satellites

Arianespace has confirmed that it will launch 3 geostationary satellites next week. The launch date/time is currently July 28th at 5.29pm local (French Guiana) time (21.29 UTC). The cargo manifest comprises 3 satellites: Japan’s BSAT-4b craft built by Maxar Technologies along with the Galaxy 30 satellite for Intelsat which will boost capacity for UHD television. […]

July 23, 2020By Chris Forrester

Brazil authorises Hughes’ Jupiter 3 satellite

Hughes Network’s massive Jupiter 3 satellite will be one of the largest in orbit when it launches next year. Brazil has approved its use to serve the nation with Ka-band capacity. Maxar Technologies is building the craft which is likely to be launched in the second-half of next year. Jupiter 3, also known as EchoStar […]

July 7, 2020By Chris Forrester

Intelsat’s Galaxy-30 and a Rescue Tug ready for launch

Northrop Grumman has delivered two satellites to the Arianespace launch site in French Guiana. The two craft, a Galaxy 30 satellite as well as a second Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-2, aka as a ‘Space Tug’) will be launched later in July on an Ariane 5 rocket. Galaxy 30 is one of Intelsat’s third-generation satellites and […]

July 2, 2020

C-Band: 10 new US satellites

The C-band replacement satellite orders for US coverage are being confirmed. Intelsat has ordered up at least six satellites. Four are to come from Maxar Technologies and will be built at Maxar’s Palo Alto plant (the former Space Systems/Loral facility). Two others will be supplied by Northrop Grumman. There will also be an additional seventh […]

June 16, 2020By Chris Forrester

US satellite builders prepare for sales bonanza

The US satellite industry is about to get a few billions-worth of order for new craft. The new satellites will provide the fresh bandwidth to replace the C-band frequencies being given up as a result of the FCC’s push for 5G adoption in the US. Maxar Technologies has already said it has received a “multi-satellite” […]

June 12, 2020