[In an earnings call, Maxar CEO Dan] Jablonsky said Maxar has recently been awarded a geostationary communications satellite order that would be built on the company’s flagship 1300 platform. Jablonksy said Maxar is “still working through the contract details” to finalize the order, but that Maxar feels the agreement is evidence of a recovery.
March 17, 2020 08:05 AM Eastern Daylight TimeMCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intelsat (NYSE: I) has selected SpaceX as its launch partner for Intelsat 40e (IS-40e). The launch is planned for 2022 on SpaceX’s American-built Falcon 9 launch vehicle.“We look forward to working with SpaceX to launch Intelsat 40e in 2022,” said Intelsat Chief Services Officer Mike DeMarco. “IS-40e will join the Intelsat Epic high-throughput satellite fleet and integrated IntelsatOne ground network to provide our customers with the managed hybrid-connectivity they need in today’s ever-changing world.”“We are honored Intelsat, one of the world’s premier satellite operators, has selected a flight-proven Falcon 9 to deliver its next geostationary communications satellite to orbit,” said SpaceX Vice President of Commercial Sales Tom Ochinero.Intelsat 40e is an advanced geostationary satellite that will provide Intelsat’s government and enterprise customers across North and Central America with high-throughput, “coast-to-coast” services. The satellite’s capabilities will support the growing number of customers that depend on Intelsat’s managed services and solutions to easily integrate satellite into their overall networking and communications strategies.Intelsat announced in February that Maxar Technologies will manufacture IS-40e.This is the second launch for Intelsat and SpaceX. In 2017, SpaceX launched Intelsat 35e, a satellite currently providing high-throughput coverage for Intelsat customers in portions of North and South America, Europe and Africa.About Intelsat:As the foundational architects of satellite technology, Intelsat operates the world’s largest and most advanced satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructure. We apply our unparalleled expertise and global scale to connect people, businesses and communities, no matter how difficult the challenge. Intelsat is uniquely positioned to help our customers turn possibilities into reality – transformation happens when businesses, governments and communities use Intelsat’s next-generation global network and managed services to build their connected future. Imagine Here, with us, at Intelsat.com.
Froeliger said Intelsat-40e will have more capacity than any of Intelsat’s other 50 satellites, but declined to give a specific amount.. ... Froeliger said Intelsat-40e, a roughly six-ton satellite with chemical propulsion
Cambridge, MA - A NASA-Smithsonian satellite instrument that will measure air pollution over North America reached another key milestone this week. The Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument, which will take hourly daytime pollution measurements at an unprecedented resolution, shipped from Ball Aerospace in Broomfield, Colorado, to Maxar Technologies' satellite manufacturing facility in Palo Alto, California.TEMPO, which is about the size of a dishwasher, will now be integrated onto Intelsat 40e, a communications satellite that will be launched into space in 2022 by SpaceX....
On Nov. 17, Maxar’s Space Program Delivery team integrated NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) payload with its host spacecraft, an Intelsat geostationary communications satellite.TEMPO, a collaborative effort between NASA and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, will monitor and track air pollution across North America on an hourly basis. Rather than build a dedicated spacecraft to host the Ball Aerospace-built payload, NASA in 2019 partnered with Maxar to host it on Intelsat 40e (IS-40e), which will provide Intelsat’s government and enterprise customers across North and Central America with high-throughput communications services. From a vantage point 22,236 miles above North America, TEMPO will make complete, hourly east-to-west scans of the continent – from Mexico to northern Canada, and from the Atlantic to the Pacific. TEMPO can also be configured to dwell on a region of interest: during a major fire or volcano eruption, for example.“NASA’s contributions to understanding and monitoring Earth’s environment go back more than 60 years, and as a member of the National Climate Task Force, the agency is in a position to inform critical climate policy decisions,” said Chris Johnson, Maxar’s SVP of Space. “The TEMPO mission will provide data to inform those decisions, and it will deliver near-real-time air quality products to improve air quality forecasting. Maxar is excited to build and integrate the spacecraft that will enable these observations for many years to come.”By hosting government payloads on commercial satellites, Maxar can help government agencies access space without the cost of building a dedicated spacecraft. Similarly, the hosted payload helps the commercial customer share the cost of the satellite bus, launch and operations. TEMPO is a demanding payload on its host satellite, but Maxar’s 1300-class spacecraft can support optical instruments with fine pointing, low-jitter and high-fidelity sensor data as either a hosted sensor or a dedicated mission.The fully integrated IS-40e spacecraft will soon begin environmental testing in Maxar’s Palo Alto, Calif., facilities, to ensure that it can withstand the rigors of launch and the harsh operating environment of space. Maxar is on track to ship the spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Fla., in October 2022 for a late 2022 launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
NASA chose Maxar Technologies to find a host for TEMPO, which is scheduled to travel to orbit in January 2023 on the Intelsat 40e communications satellite.
the company also contracted Maxar to manufacture its next-generation Intelsat 40e geostationary communications satellite, currently in assembly.
Intelsat 40e/TEMPO:SFN Launch Schedule, updated January 14:QuoteMarch 7Falcon 9Intelsat 40e/TEMPOLaunch time: TBDLaunch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FloridaA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Intelsat 40e communications satellite for Intelsat. Intelsat 40e will join Intelsat’s “Epic” fleet of high-throughput satellites, providing in-flight connectivity and other mobile communications services over North and Central America. Intelsat 40e is a partial replacement for Intelsat 29e, which failed in 2019. Intelsat 40e hosts NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument to measure atmospheric chemistry and monitor air pollution over North America. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The satellite was built by Maxar, and is based on the 1300 platform. [Jan. 14]
March 7Falcon 9Intelsat 40e/TEMPOLaunch time: TBDLaunch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FloridaA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Intelsat 40e communications satellite for Intelsat. Intelsat 40e will join Intelsat’s “Epic” fleet of high-throughput satellites, providing in-flight connectivity and other mobile communications services over North and Central America. Intelsat 40e is a partial replacement for Intelsat 29e, which failed in 2019. Intelsat 40e hosts NASA’s Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument to measure atmospheric chemistry and monitor air pollution over North America. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will land on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The satellite was built by Maxar, and is based on the 1300 platform. [Jan. 14]
Mar 1, 2023NASA Air Pollution Sensor Integrated and Tested with Commercial Satellite Host[picture]The TEMPO air pollution sensor is hosted on Intelsat 40e, seen here at the Maxar Technologies facility in Palo Alto, California, where it was built. The instrument and the entire spacecraft recently passed pre-launch testing at the facility.Air pollution is an existential threat to millions of Americans with asthma and other health issues. Responding to that threat, NASA and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory are innovating to improve observations of air quality in North America.Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) is an ultraviolet and visible spectrometer that will be hosted on Intelsat 40e, a commercial satellite built by Maxar Technologies. TEMPO’s sensors will measure sunlight reflected and scattered by Earth’s surface and atmosphere, allowing it to observe the spectral signatures of air pollutants, including ozone and nitrogen dioxide.On Feb. 27, 2023, the instrument and the entire spacecraft successfully passed pre-launch testing at Maxar's facility in Palo Alto, California. TEMPO underwent thermal vacuum, dynamics, and end-to-end capability testing to ensure it will withstand launch conditions and the harsh environment of space. Tests also ensured that commanding, telemetry, and mission data are flowing accurately.Scheduled to launch in April 2023 from Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, TEMPO will be the first instrument to observe air pollution hourly during daytime over North America. It will make measurements across an area that extends from Puerto Rico to northern Canada and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, encompassing the entire continental United States. TEMPO data will play an important role in scientific studies of phenomena such as rush-hour pollution and the movement of emissions from forest fires and volcanoes. Scientists could eventually apply TEMPO observations to air quality alerts for people in pollution hot spots and those living with health issues.TEMPO will also form part of a virtual constellation of air pollution monitors that will give scientists a big-picture view of air quality around the Northern Hemisphere.Ball Aerospace in Broomfield, Colorado, built the TEMPO instrument. Kelly Chance, a scientist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts — part of the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian — is the principal investigator.Joe AtkinsonNASA Langley Research CenterLast Updated: Mar 1, 2023Editor: Joe Atkinson