Dario Zamarian, Group President of SSL, a Maxar company, delivered the keynote address on Wednesday morning. He asserted that smallsats are about much more than just a form factor.
"When we talk about smallsats, it is more about faster implementation of innovative technologies, lowering costs, and driving resiliency for both commercial and government applications rather than a particular number of kilograms or a particular type of mission," he said. "Innovations that optimize capex, such as on-orbit flexibility, are creating an upward economic spiral across the industry as demand increases for lower cost launch and ground systems to support the changing space segment. SSL excels at leveraging our depth of experience and our commercial mindset, to develop innovative solutions that benefit our customers and people everywhere."
In addition to the featured discussion with Mr. Zamarian, SSL's Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Matteo Genna, further elaborated on SSL's ability to bring value to start-ups on a panel titled "Working with Prime Contractors." He shared how deeply rooted the commercial approach is to SSL, and the power of its agility to collaborate with entrepreneurial partners and to help startups in a variety of ways including the use of testing facilities and shared expertise on topics ranging from orbits to regulatory issues.
Maxar Technologies' DigitalGlobe was also represented at the conference by Dr. Shay Har-Noy, Vice President and General Manager of DigitalGlobe's platform business, which makes the company's 18 year satellite image library in the cloud available for artificial intelligence applications at scale. Dr. Har-Noy shared DigitalGlobe's successes to unlock the power of analytics and insights in Earth Observation and Remote Sensing to solve the world's most pressing problems. He attributed the growing opportunities for DigitalGlobe's ecosystem of developers and customer as driven by the increasing availability of satellite data combined with tools such as machine learning and cloud computing.
On the show floor, Maxar's SSL displayed a model of a WorldView Legion satellite it is building for the DigitalGlobe business unit of Maxar. This next-generation Earth observation constellation, reinforces the benefits of collaboration between Maxar companies and exemplifies the company's leadership in agile commercial production. SSL designs and builds small satellites for a broad range of applications, including remote sensing and communications with a long standing commitment to partnering with start-ups to solve their most pressing business challenges. SSL provides a holistic support environment that includes testing and engineering facilities, ground networks, technical support, supply chain assistance, sales channels, assistance with financing and even low cost access to space.
"We are enthusiastic about Maxar's role as a space powerhouse, leading the transition from old to new space," said Howard Lance, Chief Executive Officer of Maxar Technologies. "At conferences such as the SmallSat Symposium we are proud to demonstrate our purpose-driven agenda to power a better world and help humanity by combining the unrivaled capabilities of our four industry leading businesses – SSL, MDA, DigitalGlobe and Radiant Solutions – to deliver leading-edge, cost effective solutions for our customers."
There are several upcoming opportunities for industry and government leaders to meet with and learn about the Maxar companies at upcoming conferences including Satellite 2018 in Washington DC in March, the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs in April, and at GEOINT in Tampa, Florida also in April.
SSL, based in Palo Alto, California, is a leading provider of advanced spacecraft systems, with broad expertise to support commercial and government satellite operators and innovative space missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, in-orbit servicing, space exploration, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for 60 years, SSL's advanced product line includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and autonomous solutions for remote operations. SSL is a business unit of Maxar Technologies, a U.S. operating company (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR). For more information, visit sslmda.com.
DigitalGlobe is the global leader in commercial high-resolution satellite imagery used by decision makers to better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. DigitalGlobe is a Maxar Technologies company (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR). For more information visit www.DigitalGlobe.com
Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates) is a leading global provider of advanced space technology solutions for commercial and government markets including satellites, Earth imagery, geospatial data and analytics. As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides unmatched end-to-end advanced systems capabilities and integrated solutions expertise to help our customers anticipate and address their most complex mission critical challenges with confidence. With more than 6,500 employees in over 21 locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands includes: SSL, MDA, DigitalGlobe, and Radiant Solutions. Every day millions of people rely on Maxar Technologies to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that power a better world. Maxar trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information visit www.maxar.com.