Solutions for Satellite Communications

Essential infrastructure for global connectivity

Touchpoints across the globe

Today, connectivity is expected. 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-built communications satellites help you provide critical connectivity across a variety of commercial industries, enabling:

  • Internet access for millions of people
  • Television and radio broadcasts across the world
  • 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


SXM-8 is the ninth high-powered digital audio satellite built by Maxar for SiriusXM. Contracts have been awarded to Maxar for SXM-9 and SXM-10.

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Star One D2, built on Maxar’s proven 1300-class platform, is the third satellite the company has built for Embratel over the past decade.

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Maxar designed and built the BSAT-4a  satellite for Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation, a leading Japanese broadcasting satellite operator. Launched in 2020, next-generation satellite BSAT-4b provides direct-to-home (DTH) television service in Japan. 

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Maxar has provided more than 50 satellites to Intelsat, the operator of the world’s first Globalized Network. The high-power Intelsat 39 provides video distribution and broadband connectivity services across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. 

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A legacy of innovation and reliable performance

Our heritage dates back to the very first communications satellite, and our company has remained in the forefront of the field. We have more satellites in geosynchronous orbit than any other manufacturer in the world, having built and launched hundreds of spacecraft with a combined 2,750 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.

Relevant products

Spacecraft platforms

Reliable spacecraft to deliver valuable global services 

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Let's talk about communications satellites

How can Maxar help you move your industry forward? Discuss your needs with one of our experts. 

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