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Maxar eyes September 2021 launch for WorldView Legion satellites

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Maxar Technologies plans to launch its first two WorldView Legion satellites as early as September 2021 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Maxar planned to begin launching WorldView Legion satellites in the first quarter of 2021. Due to the pandemic, however, “some of the vendor hardware is showing up just a little later than we originally planned,” Jablonsky said. Those delays impact the timeline for full integration, which means environmental testing also occurs a little later, he added.Maxar plans to launch the second two WorldView Legion satellites approximately three to six months after the first launch, Jablonsky said.

For the third quarter of 2020, Maxar reported revenues of $436 million, a gain of nearly 6% compared with the $413 million in revenues for the same period in 2019.

Maxar booked $500 million in orders during the quarter, including the $300 million annual option to provide imagery and data to the U.S. government through the EnhancedView program. Maxar also won a multi-million-dollar contract to continue licensing data for Esri’s ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World through 2023 and more than $100 million in contracts with various government agencies.

For example, Maxar announced a U.S. Army indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contract worth as much as $49 million over eight years for Remote Ground Terminal, a portable direct-downlink tactical ground systems to send geospatial intelligence to soldiers in remote locations. In September, Maxar announced initial task orders with a value of $8 million.

Reported by Spacenews

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