Maxar awarded contract to build new satellite for SiriusXM

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This rendering shows what the Maxar-built SXM-9 will look like once on orbit. Image credit: Maxar.

Maxar Technologies announced the company will manufacture a new geostationary communications satellite for longtime customer SiriusXM.

The SXM-9 satellite will be based on Maxar’s proven 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’s 1300-class platform has served as a reliable spacecraft platform for decades, and we’re glad to see SiriusXM will rely on its performance once again,” said Robert Curbeam, Maxar Senior Vice President of Space Capture. “We’re looking forward to continuing our decades-long relationship with SiriusXM.”

Maxar has been building satellites for SiriusXM since 2000which includes the first-generation Sirius satellites launched in 2000 and the second-generation Sirius satellites launched in 2009 and 2013. Most recently, SXM-8 launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on June 6, 2021, and completed in-orbit testing in July 2021.