Solutions for Satellite Communications

Essential infrastructure for global connectivity

Touchpoints across the globe

The global proliferation of digital content requires continual improvements to the infrastructure used to transport video, audio, images, voice or other data.

Communications satellites are used to connect people and businesses to the Internet, deliver programming to broadcast television, cable, and satellite-based TV and radio services, support cellular networks in remote areas, and enable the immediate upload of news from anywhere on the globe.

Infrastructure across land, air and sea

Maxar communications satellites provide critical connectivity across a variety of commercial industries, enabling:

  • Air traffic control and maritime networks
  • Emergency services and search and rescue operations
  • Telemedicine, distance learning and other information services
  • Weather monitoring and natural disaster preparedness
  • Economic and infrastructure development in remote regions

AsiaSat serves over two-thirds of the world's population with both broadcast and telecommunications services. Maxar has built five satellites for AsiaSat.

NBN, Australia’s national broadband network, provides coverage to more than 400,000 Australians in some of the most remote places in Australia’s mainland, coastal islands, and external territories. Two maxar-built high-throughput Ka-band broadband satellites make it possible.

Maxar designed and built the BSAT-4a satellite for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT), a leading Japanese broadcasting satellite operator. Launched in 2017, BSAT-4 provides direct-to-home (DTH) television service in Japan.

Star One D1 provides a range of services in Latin America including, high-speed communications and television broadcasts. Maxar designed and built two satellites for Embratel Star One.

Since 2010, Maxar has been building satellites for and with Eutelsat, one of the world’s leading satellite operators. Together, in 2016, we performed a demonstration of transmissions in Extremely High Frequencies (EHF) using an experimental payload flown into space on the EUTELSAT 65 West A satellite.

HISPASAT Group, a Maxar customer since 2008, is a world leader in the distribution and broadcasting of Spanish and Portuguese content, and its satellite fleet is used by important direct-to-home television (DTH) and high-definition television (HDTV) digital platforms.

Maxar worked with Hughes to design and build EchoStar XIX, one of the world’s highest capacity broadband satellites. EchoStar XIX helps meet the demand for high-speed internet from consumers and small businesses in North America

Maxar has provided more than 50 satellites to Intelsat, operator of the world’s first Globalized Network. Intelsat delivers high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world.

Maxar-built satellites form the backbone of the Telesat fleet, which provides reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions to Telesat’s global broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Anik G1 was first commercial satellite with substantial coverage of Hawaii and the rest of the Pacific region.

A legacy of innovation and reliable performance

Our heritage dates back to the very first communications satellite, and the company has remained in the forefront of the field ever since. We have more satellites in geosynchronous orbit than any other manufacturer in the world, having built and launched 280 spacecraft with a combined 2,200 years of on-orbit service.

High-throughput satellites

Today’s high-throughput satellites provide consumer and industrial broadband access for the maritime and aviation industries. Maxar-built satellites also deliver essential services such as distance learning and telemedicine to rural areas—improving lives in remote communities.

Direct-broadcast satellites

Direct-broadcast satellites transmit signals for many consumer applications, including satellite television and radio. Satellite radio is designed to be received by small mobile antennas (like car-mounted antennas) and provides consistent programming across broad geographic areas.

Fixed satellite service (FSS)

FSS satellites are used for many communications purposes—including television content distribution, private corporate networks, and for applications like banking, inventory control and distribution of training and digital signage. FSS satellites also play a key role in emergency operations and news reporting and can provide backup to critical terrestrial networks that cannot risk down time.

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