Echostar-21 after last tests before entering service

Echostar has finished all the necessary in-orbit tests before commissioning their latest communications satellite Echostar-21. Echostar-21 was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on the top of the Proton-M rocket on July 7, 2017. Weighing 6900 kg satellite reached Geostationary Transfer Orbit as one of the heaviest payloads delivered to GTO by operated by ILS, Proton-M rocket. Satellite was […]

DARPA signs agreement with SSL in spite of Orbital ATK law suit

DARPA decided to sign agreement with SSL covering continuing program of creating jointly robotic space vehicle able to service satellites remaining on orbit. It is important step for recovering many government satellites remaining on orbit. Joint effort of SSL developing satellite bus and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) with advanced work on payload entered […]

Falcon-9 with record payload reached today orbit

Today Falcon-9 FT rocket bet own record of payload delivered to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. Echostar-23 communications satellite with mass of 5.5 t was launched today from Kennedy Space Center LC-39A. SpaceX managed to perform successful launch with record mass of the payload under fairing of Falcon-9 FT. Weighing 5.5 t Echostar-23 communications satellite was delivered […]

Richard White Takes Its Stands for the SSL Used to Build Interface for NASA JPL’s Europa Flyby Mission 

SSL, which is a former Maxar Technology company based in Palo, Alto and a leading provider of the most innovative spacecraft systems and satellites had announced that they were chosen by NASA’s JPL for the mission. Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) had selected SSL in order to design and create some of the most critical equipment […]

Telesat delivered to Vostochny Cosmodrome

Built by SSL Telesat small satellite was delivered to Vostochny Cosmodrome in Eastern Russia on November 8, 2017. Satellite is small communications spacecraft built by SSL subsidiary Maxar Technologies. It will be placed on by Soyuz-2 rocket during launch planned for end of November 2017. Spacecraft will be placed on LEO orbit and will extend LEO constellation […]

VA-234 – last launch by Arianespace in 2016

It was last launch in 2016 for Arianespace. Today, at 20:30 UTC, Ariane 5 was launched at the begining of 75 minute launch window to deliver to orbit two satellites: JCSAT-15 and Star One-D1. This is another mission of two satellites made by SSL and launched under the fairing of Ariane 5 (first was VA […]

Intelsat-33E and Intelsat-36 delivered to space during VA232 !

On August 24, 2016 at 22:17 GMT Ariane 5 rocket lifted off from Guiana Space Center in its 231st flight, with two communication satellites under payload fairing: Intelsat-33E by Boeing and Intelsat-36 by SSL. Both spacecraft will enhance offer of American Intelsat Company over Europe, Africa and South Asia. It was fourth launch by Arianespace in […]

SSL won contract for robotic arm for DARPA’s GEO service satellite

DARPA is still developing own spacecraft able to perform service on satellites remaining on GEO orbit. Project is called Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) and just three days ago DARPA chosen one of the key subcontractors for this project. It is second American government project of future space logistic spacecraft along with NASA Restore-L project […]

ILS preparing to Proton-M/Intelsat-31 launch on 8th June 2016

International Launch Services, Russian and American joint-venture company, is getting ready for their latest mission-delivering to orbit Intelsat-31 (DLA-2) broadcasting satellite on atop of their flagship, Proton-M launch vehicle. Launch is scheduled for 8th June 2016 for 07:10 GMT from Baikonur cosmodrome, Launch Pad 24. It will be second launch of Proton-M operated by ILS […]

SpaceX busy schedule – Telesat launches already booked for 2018

One of signs of strong position of any launch service provider is number of scheduled launches. If we take a look on SpaceX, keeping this thought in mind, it should not be surprising why Elon Musk’s company is still one of the leaders on space market. Telesat, broadcasting company based in Ottawa, Canada, announced about signing […]