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Much like the customers we serve and the problems we solve, Maxar has a diverse and complex history. Our evolution, however, has always been guided by a common purpose: advancing Space Infrastructure and Earth Intelligence capabilities for a better world.
Join us in celebrating these historic milestones which have made so many missions and applications possible, empowering our customers to improve life on Earth and explore beyond it.
Western Development Laboratories division of Philco is formed, the first business established that would eventually become Maxar.
Philco builds the world’s first active repeater satellite.
Ford Motor Company purchases Philco and Philco-Ford is established, which would become Space Systems/Loral in 1990 and later SSL before merging into Maxar.
Philco-Ford designs and develops NASA facility in Houston for the Gemini and Apollo missions.
First geostationary meteorologic satellite is launched for NASA
Two NASA exploration spacecrafts with Ford Aerospace-built high-gain antennas on board successfully launch
The first 3-axis communications satellite launches, built by Ford Aerospace for the Indian Space Research Organisation
Ford Aerospace launches Superbird-A or Superbird-1, its first 1300 satellite for Japan’s Space Communications Corporation (SCC)
WorldView Imaging Corporation is founded, which later becomes DigitalGlobe. This is the third business established that would eventually become Maxar.
U.S. Department of Commerce grants WorldView Imaging the first enterprise license for commercial Earth observation from space.
DigitalGlobe launches the first commercial satellite to collect high-resolution (80cm) imagery of Earth.
DigitalGlobe launches its second electro-optical imaging satellite from Vandenberg AFB, California.
DigitalGlobe is awarded ClearView and NextView NGA contracts (~excess of $500M).
Space Systems/Loral launches the world's first true high throughput satellite designed to provide broadband services throughout 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region for Shin Satellite Plc of Thailand.
DigitalGlobe launches the first of two new next-generation electro-optical imaging satellites from Vandenberg AFB, California. At the time, WorldView-1 was the world’s only half-meter resolution commercial imaging satellite.
DigitalGlobe (formerly GeoEye) successfully launches an electro-optical imaging satellite from Vandenberg AFB, California. At the time of its launch, GeoEye-1 was the world's highest resolution commercial Earth-imaging satellite.
DigitalGlobe launches its second next-generation electro-optical imaging satellite from Vandenberg AFB.
DigitalGlobe surpasses 1 billion square kilometers of Earth imagery, offering the industry’s largest commercial satellite imagery archive.
DigitalGlobe secures $3.55 billion EnhancedView agreement with the NGA.
DigitalGlobe launches its most advanced EO satellite, offering the highest-commercially available resolution (30cm) and 3.7 m short wave infrared (SWIR) resolution.
The Radiant Group is acquired by DigitalGlobe, bringing onboard advanced analytics capabilities, an expanded customer base across the U.S. Intelligence Community and hundreds of innovative developers and analysts with expertise in geospatial big data analytics.
SSL is selected to provide a LEO spacecraft for NASA’s Restore-L on-orbit servicing mission.
SSL is selected to provide a spacecraft platform for a NASA Discovery Mission to explore the metallic asteroid 16 Psyche, the first mission to an all metal world.
MDA acquires DigitalGlobe and forms Maxar Technologies made up of four business units—MDA, SSL, DigitalGlobe and Radiant Solutions.
Maxar is selected by NASA to develop the first element of its lunar Gateway, the Power and Propulsion Element launching in late 2022.
Maxar sells MDA to Northern Private Capital.