SiriusXM Orders 2 More Satellites from Maxar
SiriusXM ordered two more satellites from Maxar Technologies, SXM-11 and -12, the companies announced Tuesday. Maxar is now developing four Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites for SiriusXM, including SXM-9 and -10 ordered in 2021.
SXM-11 and -12 will be twin high-powered digital audio radio satellites, built on Maxar’s 1300-class platform at the company’s manufacturing facilities in Palo Alto and San Jose, California. The companies did not provide an expected launch date.
Chris Johnson, Maxar’s senior vice president of Space, said the satellites will provide more capability to SiriusXM’s fleet, including an expanded service area and higher service quality.
“This investment reaffirms our commitment to satellite content delivery systems and cutting-edge technology,” said Bridget Neville, SiriusXM’s senior vice president of Satellite and Terrestrial Engineering and Operations. “SXM-11 and -12, along with SXM-9 and -10, will allow us to innovate and improve our service offerings for subscribers and will extend the continuous and reliable delivery of our audio entertainment content.”
SiriusXM is a longtime customer of Maxar’s. These will be the 12th and 13th satellites that Maxar has built for the satellite radio company.