Solutions for Satellite Communications

Essential infrastructure for global connectivity

Touchpoints across the globe

Today, connectivity is expected. Satellites are an essential resource for internet access, broadcast service, cellular networks and crucial information exchange.

Infrastructure across land, air and sea

For decades, Maxar-built communications satellites have helped businesses keep their customers connected across a range of 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

A proven heritage of reliable performance

Our legacy dates back to the very first communications satellite, and our company has remained in the forefront of the field. An estimated 2.4 billion people rely on connectivity from a Maxar-built satellite.

  • 90+ Maxar-built geostationary (GEO) satellites in service today
  • 99.9993% GEO satellite availability in 2021
  • 300+ Maxar-built spacecraft launched
  • 2,900 combined years on orbit

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

Fixed satellite service (FSS) satellites are used for television content distribution, private corporate networks, and for applications such as 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.



SXM-8 is the ninth high-powered digital audio radio satellite built by Maxar for SiriusXM. We are currently designing SXM-9 and SMX-10.

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

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Launched in 2020, next-generation satellite BSAT-4b provides direct-to-home (DTH) television service in Japan.

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Maxar built 52 satellites for Intelsat, the operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, and is currently building six more.

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Relevant products

Maxar 1300 series

Reliable spacecraft to deliver valuable global services

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