Maxar (SSL)

Company - Maxar (SSL)

Founded
Country
1957
USA
Website
Maxar
Social
Maxar (SSL)

Product/Service - SpiderFab, OSAM-1, SAMPLR

Classification
In-Space Transportation
Category
On-Orbit Servicing
In-Space Assembly
Robotic Arm
Fields
In-Space Satellite Servicing
Status
Development
First launch
2025

Involvement in NASA’s Restore-L mission to refuel the almost 20-year-old Landsat-7 satellite.

Maxar Technologies’ Space Systems Loral division terminated an agreement to build DARPA’s Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites spacecraft Jan. 30, leading to a potential recompete of the program.

Maxar said it also canceled a contract with Space Infrastructure Services, a company it created that would have commercialized the RSGS servicer after a DARPA demonstration, starting with an in-orbit refueling mission for fleet operator SES.

On-orbit satellite assembly - Spider

In partnership with NASA, our Space Infrastructure Dexterous Robot (SPIDER) program will demo on-orbit assembly and reconfiguration services of spacecraft components. This will reduce the need to launch fully-assembled systems and enable deployment of larger, more powerful components for advanced operations.

On-orbit satellite servicing - OSAM-1

Maxar is building the spacecraft bus and robotic arms for NASA’s OSAM-1 program, which will refuel and relocate a satellite on-orbit. Adaptable and resilient, the robotic arms are designed to capture, manipulate and refuel satellites that were not originally designed for servicing.

In-space transportation - Power and propulsion element

The first component for the NASA-led Gateway, a lunar orbiting module, will be the Maxar-built Power and Propulsion Element. This element will power the Gateway, maintain its position, and enable critical communications, which will support human missions on the moon and to Mars in the future.
Maxar is designing the Power Propulsion Element to host a variety of external interfaces for future docking, robotics and science payloads.

Space exploration - SAMPLR

The first robotic arm to return to the moon in over 50 years will be Maxar’s SAMPLR, or Sample Acquisition, Morphology Filtering, and Probing of Lunar Regolith. It will be part of our payload for NASA’s Artemis program, which aims to send the first woman and next man to the moon by 2024.

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