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Maxar to Launch WorldView Legion Satellites on SpaceX Falcon 9

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Maxar to Launch WorldView Legion Satellites on SpaceX Falcon 9

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the first two high-resolution imaging satellites of Maxar Technologies’ WorldView Legion constellation this summer. The liftoff was previously set for September 2021 but was delayed due to issues with the delivery of satellite components, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the production process and a shortage of Ukrainian Antonov aircraft, which satellite manufacturers use to deliver spacecraft to a launch site.

According to Maxar President and CEO Daniel Jablonsky, a 4×24 member and a 2023 Wash100 awardee, the company now has everything it needs to deploy the first pair of WorldView Legion satellites, SpaceNews reported. In preparation for the launch, Maxar is completing flight software and conducting final testing activities. All WorldView Legion spacecraft will fly on board Falcon 9 rockets.

The constellation will initially consist of six satellites positioned in sun-synchronous and mid-inclination orbits. Jablonsky said investors have approved the development of two more spacecraft for the space architecture to meet the increasing demand for imagery. He noted that the additional satellites will feature more advanced technologies compared to the first six spacecraft.

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