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Northrop, SSL, Sierra Nevada Awarded NASA Small Spacecraft Dev’t Contracts

Northrop Grumman’s (NYSE: NOC) innovation systems sector, Sierra Nevada and Maxar Technologies’ (NYSE: MAXR) SSL have each won a potential five-year, $750M contract to develop small and medium satellites, payloads, spacecraft subsystems, buses, software and ground platforms for NASA. NASA announced the awardees under the Small Spacecraft Prototyping Engineering Development and …

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SSL to Study Possible Satellite Manufacturing in Space; Richard White Quoted

TYSONS CORNER, VA, September 7, 2018 — SSL will help NASA conduct a feasibility study on the use of space-based commercial habitats to house satellite manufacturing operations in an effort to address challenges in launch schedules and volume, ExecutiveBiz reported Aug. 30. Parent company Maxar Technologies (NYSE: MAXR) said Aug. 29 SSL will …

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SSL to Produce Antenna Subsystem Prototypes for USAF Tactical Satcom; Richard White Quoted

TYSONS CORNER, VA, August 28, 2018 — SSL will build antenna subsystems to help the U.S. Air Force‘s Space and Missile Systems Center ensure secured tactical satellite communications under a deal with the Space Enterprise Consortium, ExecutiveBiz reported Aug. 17. Maxar Technologies (NYSE: MAXR) said Aug. 16 its SSL subsidiary will leverage …

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SSL to Build Onboard Computer for NASA ‘Psyche’ Spacecraft; Richard White Quoted

TYSONS CORNER, VA, August 24, 2018 — SSL will help Zin Technologies build and test a flight system component that NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory designed for the future Psyche mission, which aims to study its namesake metallic asteroid in order to understand the Earth’s formation, ExecutiveBiz reported Aug. 10. The Maxar Technologies …

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SSL’s Rob Zitz Sees Growth in Smallsat Contracts, Studies Across Defense & Intell Agencies

TYSONS CORNER, VA, August 22, 2018 — Rob Zitz, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for government systems at SSL, has said small satellites will be a key element of defense and intelligence agencies’ strategy in the next few years as they seek to build on the capabilities of …

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NASA Picks Six Firms as Partners for Space Exploration Tech Dev’t Projects

Six companies have won contracts worth approximately $44 million combined from NASA to develop 10 technology platforms for space exploration. NASA said Thursday it selected the proposals through its Tipping Point solicitation that seeks to address the space technology mission directorate’s three technology focus areas through public-private partnerships. Those focus areas …

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SSL-Built Comms Satellite Performs Post-Launch Maneuvers on Schedule

TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 25, 2018 — An SSL-built communications satellite has begun post-launch operations following its deployment Sunday as part of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, ExecutiveBiz reported Tuesday. The Maxar Technologies (NYSE: MAXR) company said Monday the Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite it built …

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SSL’s Richard White Outlines Factors in On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Process

TYSONS CORNER, VA, July 11, 2018 — Richard White, president of the government systems business at SSL, has explained that spacecraft client design, orbit and other requirements may influence the on-orbit satellite servicing process, which he said generally involves rendezvous between servicer and client, capture, servicing tasks using robotic arms …

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General Dynamics Vet Chris Pogue Joins Maxar’s MDA as Govt Division President

Chris Pogue, a General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) veteran, has joined Maxar Technologies’ (NYSE: MAXR) MDA business as president of the newly created government division. Pogue will directly report to Mike Greenley, MDA group president, and oversee defense, enterprise information technology, Earth observation systems and government space robotics business lines, Maxar said Tuesday. …

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Adam Marks Named SSL Chief Strategy Officer, Mark Sarojak Appointed Commercial Earth Observation VP

Adam Marks, formerly vice president of strategy and corporate development at Thales Group, has joined Maxar Technologies’ (NYSE: MAXR) SSL subsidiary, as chief strategy officer. Marks will oversee the development of new partnerships and markets and seek new business opportunities for space systems and communications platforms in support of government …

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